The London School of Russian Language and Literature Jubilee Charity Ball

Press release

The Jubilee Charity Ball of the Eurolog UK Association and The London School of Russian Language and Literature was held on Saturday, 1 July 2017 in the historic and prestigious Draper’s Hall in the City of London. The ball was dedicated to the twentieth anniversary of the first school of its kind in the United Kingdom, and one of the first in the world.

The Palace’s antique rooms, erstwhile meeting places for the most affluent industrialists in the country, provided the setting for a gathering of the Anglo-Russian society, consisting of famous persons, musicians, artists, actors, businessmen and, of course, the School’s teachers and parents. The foyer housed an exhibition of the works of the talented young artist Philip Firsov.

The ball’s invited distinguished guests included: Archbishop Elisey Surozhsky, Deputy Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea Gerard Hargreaves, royal portrait artist Sergey Pavlenko, popular Russian actress Regina Myannik, People’s Artist of Russia Elena Shcherbakova – Artistic Director of the world-famous Igor Moiseyev Ballet group, and others.

Participating in the ball were star performers, worthy of the finest stages in the world: members of the Igor Moiseyev Ballet, solo artist of the “Novaya Opera” in Moscow Evgeniy Kungurov, mime actor Igor Lamba, and tenor from Saint Petersburg Evgeniy Yuzhin, accompanied by his wife, the singer Yulia Snezhina.

The concert was opened by Christopher Arkhill’s Ballet Russe overture, performed by the magnificent British Imperial Orchestra and directed by Doctor Graham Jones. This was followed by a performance by Maria Veretenina, winner of the International Russian Song Festival Grand Prix, who sang Olympia’s Doll’s Aria from the opera by Jacques Offenbach. The first part of the concert was introduced by star host of the Russian Culture TV channel, Evgeniy Kungurov, and the charming singer Yulia Snezhina. Performances included Giuditta’s Aria by Franz Lehár, performed by Irina Tutt, and Musetta’s Aria by Giacomo Puccini, sung by Olga Adamovich, both of whom were accompanied by pianist and tutor Victoria Savelyeva. All three are also winners of the 8th Russian Song Festival in London. Evgeniy Kungurov gave a truly passionate performance of the famous Couplets of the Toreador from the opera Carmen. The first part was concluded by a solemn dedication to the members of the Alexandrov Choir and their Director Valery Khalilov. The Russian tune Farewell to Slavianka, a favourite of the Director and his orchestra, was played in their honour. The audience rose to pay their respects.

This was followed by a meal fit for a king, with a sumptuous menu – foie gras and trout with a crab garnishing. The company Lots4Charity held a “silent auction” during the meal, while guests and performers had their portrait drawn by caricature artist Georgiy Labunin.

In the second part, which was introduced in English by actor and model Tommy Viles, arias by Lehár and Tchaikovsky were performed by tenor Alexander Naumenko. Soprano Maria Veretenina sang Alexander Alyabyev’s The Nightingale in her enchanting voice. She was followed by the passionate deep baritone of Evgeniy Kungurov, who treated the audience to the beautiful Russian song by Boris Fomin Only Once In A Lifetime. Evgeniy Yuzhin and Yulia Snezhina then sang an affectionate duet by Charles Aznavour Eternal Love (the Russian version of the French classic Une Vie d’Amour). Then came solo performances of particularly beautiful Italian songs, Lucio Dalla’s In Memory of Caruso and Tell Me Girls by Rodolfo Falvo, while the “cherry on the cake” was the joyful song Funiculì, funiculà by Luigi Denza. Evgeniy Yuzhin held the entire audience spell-bound! It was as if the English kings, looking down from their portraits, were also enjoying his singing! There’s a reason why Evgeniy is often referred to as “the voice that captures hearts”!

After the meal members of the Igor Moiseyev Ballet group, Evgeniy Chernyshkov, Andrey Artamonov and Alexander Tikhonov performed the explosive Argentinian dance Gaucho, while Anastasia Sorokina and Kiril Kochubey danced a passionate Argentinian tango. “No one dances like the Moiseyev dancers!” – almost all of them are, after all, Distinguished Artists of Russia! Their elegance of movement, harmonious rhythm and artistry were of an extremely high standard. Igor Lamba then performed an amazing pantomime piece The Hunt.

Finally, the time came for the waltz, the crowning moment of the evening! The magnificent Imperial Orchestra once again took their places and, at the wave of Director Graham Jones’s stick, the favourite tunes by Strauss played out. At last, the guests were able to put into practice all that they had learned in their ballroom dance lessons. They were helped along by the marvellous dance master of the Imperial Ball, Stuart Marsden. As the couples whirled and danced, their reflections were caught in the huge mirrors of the old Palace.

A luxurious, richly decorated cake by Mary-Sony Ltd. provided the finishing touches to a magnificent festivity!

The guests departed, taking with them fond memories of this unforgettable evening in their hearts!

The London School of Russian Language and Literature and the Eurolog UK Association would like to thank their distinguished guests, colleagues, volunteers and partners: Helen Bubnova, Anglia Newspaper, Kartina TV, Matryoshka Radio, Rossotrudnichestvo, The Embassy of the Russian Federation, Pushkin House, Profile Russia, Ikon Magazine, Mery-Sony Ltd., Love in Chocolate, and everyone who came to the Jubilee Charity Ball.


Zeal is the first ever improv festival to officially run as part of Pride In London! Zeal: The Pride Improv Festival is a week-long event taking part in venues across the city from 1-7 July offering a diverse mix of improvised entertainment to celebrate the LGBTQIA community.

Featuring improvised games, comedy, theatre, musicals, drag acts, stand-up and cabaret from both queer improvisers and those who support the community, the festival showcases a mix of established acts, fresh young talent and brand new teams, formed especially for this year’s event! There will also be opportunities for the audience to get up on stage and give it a go in friendly and supportive jam sessions, as well as chances to learn the basics of improv and improve existing skills through the Zeal workshops.

Taking place in collaboration with seven improv schools across London, the festival is an opportunity to see bold, exciting and unique shows that will never be seen again! These acts are made up on the spot and every show and every night will be completely different! Acts include Music Box, who perform an entire improvised musical based on words from the audience, regular Proud Cabaret host Luke Meredith, and improv duo Breaking & Entering, as well as brand new drag king act The Bareback Kings, improvised songs and conversation from Phil Lunn Is… A Cabaret Singer, and The Lemonade Brigade, an all-gay improv team assembled especially for the festival!

The seven improvisation organisations involved include The Free Association, C3Something, Duck Duck Goose, Monkey Toast, Hoopla!, The Nursery and Improvable.

Contact Kat Halstead at [email protected]

Facebook: @ZealImprov
Twitter: @ZealImprov


Pure London AEO Social Media Award Win

Press release: June 2017




Pure London, the premium event for progressive fashion buyers, has won the award for ‘Best Social Media Campaign’ at the AEO awards.

The in-house team designed a distinctly upbeat social media campaign for Pure London, to showcase new up-and-coming brands, all-time classics, key industry speakers, insightful seminars and must-see catwalk shows. The main objective was to grow reach and engagement across two seasons on a mix of social channels including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Hangouts, and Snapchat.


SS17 (July 16 show) highlights included:


  • Samba dancers became one of the most successful engagement tools: Pure London grew its community by 22% and the hashtag #purelondon trended on Twitter with over 7,400 posts from both visitors and exhibitors and reached over 4 million users.


  • On Instagram, Pure London grew its followers by 192% and engagement increased by 328% becoming a channel for inspiration, to discover new brands, and inviting to choose their favourite song for Pure London’s custom Spotify playlist.


  • On Facebook, Pure London increased its unique reach by 311% and engagement grew by 49%.


AW18 (February 17 show) highlights included:


  • Pure London created its own Snapchat Geofilter for visitors and exhibitors to interact with during the event, reaching over 2 million Snapchat users and generating over 95,000 views. This also contributed to an increase in visitors each day of the shows.


  • Pure London produced and live streamed the interview with fashion blogger Liberty London Girl, and shared preview videos of the British Vogue editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman speaking.


  • Pure London’s Twitter community grew by 25% and the hashtag #purelondon reached over 2 million users.

Julie Driscoll, Portfolio Director for Pure London, commented; “We are over the moon to win the prestigious AEO award for ‘Best Social Media Campaign’. Our campaign has delivered incredible results, after seeing the amount of reach gained by our social media channels and the engagement we generated from customers we deem this a valuable marketing channel for the future.”


For press enquiries and images, contact Philippa Suitters at Good Results PR:

[email protected] or 0203 397 5180 / 07866 362980




About Pure London:

Pure London is the UK’s leading trade fashion buying event, representing womenswear, menswear, footwear, accessories and young fashion. The show offers buyers from UK and international independents, multiples, department stores, etailers and mail order, the opportunity to discover collections launching for the season ahead, attend catwalk shows and hear from their peers and other industry experts in valuable seminars and workshops. Pure London is an Ascential event.


About Ascential plc

Ascential plc is a global business-to-business information company that informs and connects the business world in 150 countries through market-leading Exhibitions & Festivals and Information Services.


Ascential powers the prestigious Cannes Lions festival for the branded communications industry, the world’s premier payments and financial services congress Money20/20, Spring Fair/Autumn Fair, the global fashion trend forecasting service WGSN, environmental risk data business Groundsure, e-commerce analytics provider One Click Retail and advisory and business services firm, MediaLink.


Ascential’s premium products enable focus, growth and value.  The company provides customers with world class content and connections empowering their businesses to be the best informed and best connected.

FabUK Magazine was in Cannes

Sundance London Film Festival

Sundance Film Festival from Colorado comes to London this weekend and features a lineup of 14 films that were shown at the popular festival in January. This year’s festival will take place from June 1st – 4th at Central London’s gorgeous Picturehouse Central. Here’s a small selection of what’s on offer:

The opening night film is Beatriz at Dinner where Selma Hayek plays Beatriz, a poor Mexican-American holistic practitioneer who finds herself at a wealthy client’s dinner party. Also starring John Lithgow and Choe Sevigny.
The Big Sick is a rom-com about a Pakistani-American man and his white American girlfriend who negotiate family interferences in their relationship. With Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter and Ray Romano.
There are two films at the festival that take place in New York’s Brooklyn neighborhoods. In Crown Heights, one man is wrongly convicted of murder in this true-life miscarriage of justice. Crown Heights was the Audience Award Winner at the January Sundance festival. Bushwick deals with a woman (Brittany Snow) who steps out of the subway to discover her neighborhood is under seige from militia forces.
Recent Best Actor winner Casey Affleck plays a ghost who was recently deceased and returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his wife (Rooney Mara) in A Ghost Story.
The unusual Bitch stars Marianna Palka who plays an unhappy housewife and mother who, when she snaps, turns int a vicious dog. A bit strange and unusual….
Woody Harrelson is Wilson, a middle aged man who lives alone with his dog and who is on a mission to track down his ex-wife only to discover that he has a teenage daughter.
The documentary Dina, winner of the Sundance Documentary Grand Jury Prize, is an unconventional love story about two autistic adults; while another documentary –  Icarus – takes an investigative look at doping in sports. And also scheduled into the program is a fan favorite Surprise Film on Friday night.
Short films will also be played at the festival, and include Come Swim, the directorial debut of Kirsten Stewart, and Tough, about a mother-daughter misunderstanding. There will also be events during the weekend, including several of the directors and stars will be attending post screening Q&A’s. One of the highlights should be a discussion called Independent Film Trumps Reality where movie makers discuss movies in the current political climate.
To buy tickets to any of the screenings and events, please go to Festival passes as well individual screening tickets are both sold.
Photos provided by Premier Communications
Article by Tim Baros


Cannes Fashion and Film show organized by Fashion Community week and Bakana Events brings you another year of culture and glamour during the Cannes Film festival. The organizers has been in the Fashion Industry for 15 years; offering their Consulting, Marketing, Designer launch and Fashion show production services to global Fashion Designers in global locations.

This year the Cannes Fashion and Film show commenced on May 19th at the Glamorous Radisson Blu Hotel and was the opening Fashion show during the 70th anniversary of Cannes Film Festival. Being the one and only Fashion and Film show during the Cannes Film Festival, the show attracted various Global media, participants, partners and consisted of A List VIP guest attendees. This is the only Fashion and Film show during the festival that presents showcase of International Fashion designers and short International Films. This year International musician joined the soiree and performed Live music as well, making it a perfect combination of Fashion, Music, Film and Culture at the 70th anniversary of Cannes Film Festival!

The event commenced with a pop up showroom at 14h; presenting apparel, accessories and beauty products followed by a VIP Red carpet reception The Fashion and Film show took place at 19h; showcasing International short film presentations and live music performance followed by the runway fashion show and after party cocktail hour.

This year the Fashion Designers, Exhibitors and performers participated from different continents as well. The event participants and Guest attendants were from various countries of Europe, Asia, Africa, Middle East, Australia, South and North America. The showroom exhibitors included a exhibitors: Mariya Milovidova Art and Fashion from California, Harmonie Pletain collection from France, Susana Traca shoe collection from Italy and Bakana Gold oil from France and Italy.

The exquisite Fashion Designers on the runway included  Martial Tapolo collection from Cameroon, Alex Robe collection from Spain, Anggy Haif collection from Paris and Verma D’mello collection from India; making a cultural visual statement on the red carpet runway! Adding to the glamorous evening two live performers joined the runway; J-lyse a French American musician and Maria Elena Infantino a polyglotte American, Italian singer. Both performers engaged with the audience making quite a statement with their performance. The projected short films included  La Jolla Cannes Film preview, an American film and Prodigal Daughter a Peruvian American film. Both films were the first to be exposed at the Cannes Fashion and Film show.



Verma D’mello

The evening concluded with a cocktail hour that included delicious Hors Deourves and champagne by Guy Lorfevre. Some of the major media partners included Fab UK magazine from London and Eden Magazine from Los Angeles.

This evening was quite talked about throughout the Cannes Film Festival due to its unique presentation, participants and organizations. For those who have missed this years show, must join next year for tantalizing experience of Fashion, Art, Film and Music!

ALEX ROBE Collection ,Make-up /FAM , Hair style/ Papillon ,Pictures/Sylvain Delaissez

Cannes Fashion & Film 2017


Anggy Haif Collection ,Make-up /FAM , Hair style/ Papillon ,Pictures/Sylvain Delaissez

Cannes Fashion & Film 2017

Autumn Winter 2017 London Fashion Week shows this weekend.

Malan Breton

Malan Breton showcases two collections this season, his Malan Breton collection showed at New York Fashion week at Madison Square Gardens and his Fantome collection was showcased in London at the Freemasons Hall.

Malan wrote “The New York collection reflects the current affairs in America, it is completely devoid of colour, as I feel the arts, and fashion, are being crushed here by the new regime. It is no longer a place of freedom, and this has hurt many. Leaving us feeling cold and lost. Especially those of us who emigrated here, who no longer feel welcome. The NY collection symbolises death and the end of a love affair with hope.” Malan’s speaks of his Fantome collection that he has chosen to show in London in a more hopeful and calming tone, “The colour palette for London and the patterns are reminiscent of Chinese watercolours and imperial prints in wood stain colours, and classic green, with tonal elements of pewter and apricot. The silhouettes are like liquid, second skins to the body, the suiting details inspired by pagodas in Taiwan, and an ode to the future, in an Orwellian fantasy…”

Malan Breton’s New York collection was shown at Madison Square Gardens infront of 5000 people, the only other two designers to show here have been Kanye West and Tommy Hillfiger. The New York show was a political reflection, a performance and a huge message.
@malanbreton / #malanbretonlfw




Rocky Star
Rocky as a designer has renewed the way fashion is operated in India. He was the first designer to design for both the common man and celebrity and has since styled and designed for over 300 films and countless celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Beyoncé, Michelle Keegan and Stephanie Pratt. Since last season Rocky has opened a new boutique in Mumbai and is looking forward to showcasing his Autumn/Winter 2017 collection at Fashion Scout next week.
@rockystarofficial / #rockystarlfw




Ashley Isham
Fashion designer Ashley Isham is one of Singapore’s most prominent figures in the fashion industry. Isham has been based in London since 1996 and he returns to London Fashion Week to present his 25th collection. Since launching his label in 2000 Isham has dressed countless celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue, Rihanna and Christina Aguilera.
@ashleyisham_london / #ashleyishamlfw



Mimi Tran
Mimi Is most know for creating cocktail dresses that sculpt the body and accentuate feminine curves as well as embracing the red carpet-ready glamour of evening gowns. Since starting her self titled label Mimi has dressed celebrities such as Little Mix, Anastasia and Fifth Harmony. Today, the San Francisco-based label is sold worldwide in specialty boutiques and stores.
@mimitrandesign / #mimitranlfw




Alexis Carballosa
Carballosa is a high-end fashion brand established in the United States, foocusing on the design and cretion of haute couture clothing. Brand creator Alexis Carballosa has found overwhelming success while featured on red carpets around the world, including Cannes Film Festival.
@carballosaworld / #Carballosalondon17 #Unbound #Carballosa




Pam Hogg
Pam Hogg is a legendary fashion designer, rockstar and artist. Pam Hogg’s unique vision continues to stand her out from her contemporaries.
@pamhoggfashion / #pamhogglfw




Jamie Wei Huang

Jamie Wei Huang is a contemporary womenswear label, founded after Jamie graduated  from CSM. Continuing her strong belief in seeking self-expression through fabrication and materials Jamie stays true in this latest collection to her signature style of strong elongated silhouettes, constructed with careful juxtaposition of fabrics catering to contemporary individuals.
@jamieweihuang / #jamieweihuanglfw




Apu Jan
Apu Jan is a contemporary London based womenswear label that is rich in innovative knitwear techniques. Apu expresses his message and inspiration through encompassing it within the complex prints and patterns of his collection. Apu’s designs are usually shaped by traditional oriental silhouettes that are brought to life though three-dimensional visual effects through his pioneering knitwear craftsmanship.
@apujan / #apujanlfw




Angus Chiang
Angus Chiang, a contemporary menswear lable whose designs are inspired by Taiwanese culture with a mix of humour and joyful spirits
@anguschiangofficial / #anguschianglfw



Fashion Forward : Lama Jouni
“I always wanted to showcase my work to the UK market, to finally be able to do that is big step for my brand, as I feel like I am ready to introduce my work to a wider audience that I relate too so much. This Autumn/Winter 17 collection is very close to my heart, I have drawn inspiration from the different countries that shaped my personality and I am very excited that this will be my platform for showcasing my first collection at LFW.”
@lamajouniofficial [email protected]
@dubaifashioninstitute #lamajounilfw #fashionforwarddubai #faddubai




Dans La Vie
In a stagnant sea of block colours, clean lines and cold geometric shapes, Dans La Vie refreshingly stands out with it’s rebellious nature of clashing prints, hues and textures. Designer Rira Sugwara says she has consistently used prints in her collections as she wants to push the boundaries of what is considered beauty. She wants to redefine the norm, by creating a collection made of adventurous combinations of animal prints and discording florals.




Mark Fast
With a hiatus, the man who knitted the hell out of sexy is finally back. Mark’s love lies in creating pieces that make women rise up. Inspired by cinema, art and sculpture, designed by his otherworldly imagination. Paying no attention to trends, and showing outside of the fashion box, it is a testament to Mark’s talent. Making up for his absence, the “sculptor of bodies” has created one of his strongest and most personal collections to be revealed this season.
@mark_fast / #markfastlfw




House of MEA
Felix Bendish / Kajal Patel / Nivedita Saboo

This collaborative show is an initiative of FAD International Academy, India’s leading and Dubai’s emerging Fashion School with a global footprint. House of MEA was born as a result of a student project and supported by FAD International to bring it to life through Fashion Scout.
Felix Bendish is a lifestyle brand which retails unconventional fashion accessories and clothing in their in-house studio based in Mumbai, India.
The designer of beautiful Bridal and occasion wear Kajal Patel creates pieces that portray a unique style and individuality, giving the bride or groom confidence and sophistication.
Nivedita drew her inspiration from the entwining nuance of life itself, paring design and detail together to create true perfection. She is a connoisseur of beautifully textured fabrics, innovative methods and executions. Always valuing the indigenous Indian techniques and supporting Indian arts throughout her designs, portraying luxury, history and elegance.
@houseofmea @fadinternational @felixbendish @kajalpatalofficial @niveditasaboocouture
#houseofmealfw #fadacademy #felixbendish #kajalpatal #niveditasaboo




One’s To Watch
Joanna Berling / Krasimira Stoyneva / RU / Orange Culture 
Selected from a long list of emerging designers by a panel of industry experts which this season included Martyn Roberts, Fashion Scouts founder and creative director, long time supporter of Fashion Scout, Hilary Alexander OBE, esteemed fashion writer Tony Glenville, One’s To Watch very own stylist Rebekah Roy and Niamh Tuft, from the British Council. Fashion Scout’s One’s To Watch provides a unique platform for the brightest new designers, with many going on to become established labels in the international fashion industry.


DDFC : Azzalia and Deborah Henning
Azzalia is a luxury womenswear brand based in Dubai and founded by Emirati designer and creative Sheikha Amal Al Maktoum. Azzalia caters to varied demographic, featuring three clothing lines released in tandem every season. The lines are Iris by Azzalia, a haute couture collection of exclusive pieces that are made-to-order, Lily by Azzalia, a ready-to-wear range which can be custom-ordered and fitted for seasonal garments, and Daisy by Azzalia, a casual ready-to-wear collection at more affordable prices. Azzalia’s seasonal collections are available online on
Deborah Henning, a British Dubai-based designer who has previously worked at Alexander McQueen and Sass & Bide, launched her eponymous womenswear brand in 2014. The Deborah Henning brand is targeted at women who want to look comfortable and be stylish, with pieces that offer an easy transition from day to night. Deborah Henning features seasonal ranges throughout the year and is available across a variety of multi-brand boutiques across Dubai including Harvey Nichols, as well as online on
@[email protected] @ddfc_dubai @dubaifashioninstitute
#debrahenninglfw #azzalialfw #dubaifashionshowcase #dubaifashioninstitute



This season the India based Inter-National Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD) in association with The London School of Trends (LST) presents ‘A Chaotic Romance’ at London Fashion Week for the Autumn Winter 2017 season with Fashion Scout. ‘A Chaotic Romance’ is the result of a competition run by both institutes with over 2000 entries from across 60 premium INIFD Centres in India. It will showcase the designs of 11 specially selected designers from India who have all been under the creative direction of Joe Toronka.
Arpita Advani / Cheema Panjwani Disha Kaura/ Michi Tanaka / Neha Arora / Nisha Singh / Renuka Mahli / Saloni Jain / Sineha Bijlani  / Shikha Garg / Sunil Vinayak
@inifdcorporate / #INIFDLFW 




Fashion DNA: Pakistan
Fashion DNA: Pakistan is the British Council’s annual programme providing mentorship for emerging Pakistani fashion labels to develop the skills needed to work internationally. This year through a partnership with the Ethical Fashion Forum and SOURCE Consultancy the programme will focus on sustainable and ethical approaches to fashion.
Gulabo / JEEM / Munib Nawaz / The PinkTree Company / Sonya Battla / Zuria Dor
#britishcouncil #fashiondnapakistan #pakistanfashion #pakistanifashion




Jayne Pierson

Jayne Pierson is a welsh fashion designer who will be showing under On/Off to present her AW17 collection. Jayne Pierson gained a wealth of luxury brand experience interning and working for couture designers Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood before launching her own label in 2009 and has since gone on to dress celebrities such as Alicia Keys and Amber Rose.
@jaynepierson123 / #jaynepiersonlfw




Hallie Sara
Hallie Sara, New York City based luxury label debuts at London Fashion Week with a “covetable” AW17 collection, a wearable approach to contemporary luxury design. The sumptuous collection is hand crafted from the finest materials available by skilled artisans upholding couture traditions in a range of beautiful bold earth and jewel tones melding together into an interchangeable wardrobe. Hallie Sara’s signature style has gained a devout following since the brand’s debut in 2011.
@halliesarany / #halliesaralfw