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Ah Fashion Week – the only time we don our ankle–snapper heels and attend parties populated by men sporting inexplicable hair. But if you were planning on spending the weekend cowering in your bedroom with your ballet flats/brogues on, come out into the light! For there is life outside of fashion, from the London Design Festival to the Anti-Design festival, robotic Audi arms to operatic arias, and secret supper clubs to welly wanging.

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• FRI Design Brought to Life • SAT Bugged Out! • SUN Blind Tiger

Paul Smith Women launches

Need an excuse to pop into Claridge’s for a little afternoon pick–me–up? Why not exhaust yourself at Paul Smith’s first womenswear store right next to the hotel’s ballroom. Selling ready–to–wear, jewellery, shoes accessories, and a few select limited editions specific to the space (decked out in pink and cream stripes, black lacquered cabinets and two 1930’s Murano glass chandeliers), there’ll even be a little collection of gifts for men; so you don’t need to feel too guilty for leaving him waiting on the curb.

49 Brook Street, W1K 4HR.


iconMaggie’s Night Hike
Most of team UJ view running with the same kind of suspicion others reserve for Jehovah’s Witnesses. But, never one to shy away from a challenge, we’re willing to put aside our fitness fears and join this charitable cancer cause under the cover of darkness, out of the goodness of our underactive hearts. And you kind of don’t have to run... plus the route includes access to some of London’s most iconic locked–door buildings. And who’d want to sprint past that opportunity? Sign yourselves up for either 10 or 20k by calling 0300 123 1801 now.

Time: Start times between 8:15 and 9:15pm
Place: Guildhall, Gresham Street, EC2 2EJ
Cost: £42.50 plus £300 fundraising.
Info: Maggie’s Night Hike

icon Design Brought to Life
The University of the Arts new Arts Gallery (imaginative name guys), is debuting their London Design Festival show, which sees them scale an eccentric Edwardian doll’s house parlour up to adult size. Studio XAG are also involved in bringing the viewer into the domesticated doll’s house scene to make you feel like you ate some of Alice in Wonderland's ‘Eat Me’ Cake, whilst props include Hektor Mamet’s naughty Leaning Chair and David Clarke’s ‘Gore Blimey’ spoons. Our tip? Look up and feel part–Pinocchio with the gigantic puppeteer hands looming overhead.

Time 11am-6pm
Place: Arts Gallery, 272 High Holborn, WC1 7EY
Cost: Free
Info: Design Brought to Life
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Outrace at Trafalgar Square

If the world were ruled by robots it could look like this. The gigantic 8–armed mechanical installation taking over Trafalgar Square has been pilfered from Audi’s factory, and if you log onto the website you can tell them what to write in the sky with their laser pointers, in 70 characters or less. Yes, it’s stingier than Twitter in its brevity, but at least it’ll force you to use your best abbreviation skills (or make the nation sound like a load of grammatically–challenged youth going beserk on their mobiles). The best messages will be captured on camera, and you’ll even receive a video copy of your love letter/abusive sky writing in your inbox. UJ LUVS U.... 4 RLS. INNIT

16th-23rd September. Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5BY.


Smirnoff’s Nightlife Exchange Project

Gone are the days of getting some bespectacled foreign exchange student bunking in your bedroom because we have a much more interesting swap in store. Smirnoff have roped in 14 countries including Thailand, Brazil, and Australia, asking locals what makes their nightlife amazing. The winning ideas will be packed in a crate and sent off to the swapee country on November 27th in an epic party exchange around the world. So if you reckon you know what makes a night out on the town in Blighty great, let them know – and shock the pants off whatever continent gets our crate. Amy Winehouse stumbling out of the back of a shipping container would be a start. Wonder what we’ll get in return...?

Enter your suggestions for a chance to attend the party at, or watch out for the crate’s six week regional tour kicking off on September 25th.


icon Bugged Out!
Time to get down to the first proper party at this newly launched venue and see what you make of the 800–capacity space. Whist fashion fever hits elsewhere, Old Street will see Bugged Out! get stuck in, bringing the Friendly Fires Suck My Deck remix to the decks as well as DJs Simian Mobile Disco, Eskimo Twins, Matt Walsh and Untold. Off to a great start then. Make your move now before the trend-setters get wind and start their mass migration, air kisses in tow. XOXO indeed.

Time: 10pm
Place: XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street, EC2 4AP
Cost: £15
Info: Bugged Out!

UJ Faust
The classic tale of the old philosopher who sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for eternal life gets an epic re–imagining in this co-production with New York’s Metropolitan Opera. The stellar cast includes Benedict Nelson, Melody Moore and Toby Spence, who find themselves in a contemporary world at war.

Time: 7pm
Place: London Coliseum, 38 St. Martin's Lane, WC2N 4ES
Cost: £23-£87
Info: Faust
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Nicholas Kirkwood x Keith Haring

Ok, so you can’t go and buy these right NOW. But we think a decent heads up is always a good thing, so we’re giving you fair warning for these awesome Nicholas Kirkwood–designed heels. Using the 80’s pop–artist’s trademark outlined figures, the 12 piece collection even includes Kirkwood’s first ever pair of ballerina flats. They’re launching in HK this week, and are slated to go global in Feb 2011. Can’t wait? Watch out for a secret 8-day online NK pop–up during London Fashion Week pedalling the designer’s previous collabs with Erdem, Peter Pilotto and Rodarte to get you in the mood.


30% Off All Gap Denim

Until 19 Sept. 30% off all Gap denim for Women, Men, Kids, and Baby.

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UJ The Blind Tiger
Hark back to the underground glamour of the 20’s with this sparkling new Battersea–based concept which comes to life every Sunday, and Tues–Thurs to turn into a secret, reservation only dining and drinking experience called The Blind Tiger. Tuck into a seasonal menu by candlelight, knock back a few forgotten libations in the garden, and chill out to a soundtrack of Americana classics from Dixieland Jazz to Chicago Blues. Want in? Make a reservation and get hold of the directions and password for the night. Shhhh.

Time: 5pm-1am
Place: Revealed on reservation.
Cost: Various
Info: The Blind Tiger

UJFashion Fête
Your invites got lost in the post, some total NOBODY nicked your front row seat allocation and the door b*tches don’t seem to remember you, right? Fashion Week fall–outs; stuff the super high heels and sashay down to Covent Garden’s tongue–in–cheek day of welly–wanging, catwalks with some real dogs on show, cake, and residencies by Tatty Devine, Rokit and make–up artists Charles H Fox who’ll get you paparazzi ready for the faux–photobooth.

Time: 11am-6pm
Place: Covent Garden.
Cost: Free
Info: Fashion Fête
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