BFC FOUNDATION FASHION FUND FOR THE COVID CRISIS REOPENS APPLICATIONS

British Fashion Council (BFC) is delighted to announce that following the initial £1,000,000 made available for the BFC Foundation Fashion Fund, the organisation raised an additional £500,000, allowing applications to reopen for a second round. The BFC Foundation Fashion Fund was established in March, to support creative fashion businesses and individuals to survive the Covid-19 crisis. In May 2020, the BFC gave financial support and mentoring to 37 British designer businesses, with grants taken from the £1,000,000 emergency fund allocated to viable businesses depending on their urgency and capability to come through and thrive post crisis. A portion of funds was allocated to students, underpinning the future generation of creative talent. Read more

Get a discount with the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

From 3 to 31 August, get a 50% discount when you eat in at restaurants that are registered with the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.

The Eat Out to Help Out Scheme opens on 3 August 2020.

Use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme at a participating establishment:

  • to get 50% off your food and non-alcoholic drinks up to a total value of £10 per person if you eat or drink in
  • every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 3 and 31 August
  • as many times as you like.                                                                         You don’t need a voucher to use this scheme and you can use it at the same time as other offers and discounts. There is no minimum spend. You cannot claim discount on alcoholic drinks or service charges. The discount will be automatically available to you at participating establishments. All diners in a group of any size can use the discount.

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New UK’s travel rules and which countries can you visit?

Passengers entering the UK from dozens of countries no longer have to quarantine! More than 50 countries – including many popular holiday spots – now pose ”a reduced risk” from coronavirus, the government says. The list focuses on countries in Europe, island nations around the world including the Caribbean, and countries further east – including Vietnam, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand.

Exempt form Quarantine are arrivals if they arrive in England, Wales and Northern Ireland from:

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My John Lewis Virtual Beauty Weekend 30th of July till 2nd of August

Become John Lewis member and join an unmissable weekend of live online beauty events, exclusive to my John Lewis members.

They will be welcoming leading experts from the beauty industry throughout the weekend. Expect skincare advice from Alessandra Steinherr, Nadine Baggott and Sunday Riley, as well as new-season makeup tips and tricks from the pros at Charlotte Tilbury, Estée Lauder, Laura Mercier, NARS and more.

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Steve McQueen Dedicates His Two Films Selected At Cannes Film Festival To George Floyd

Steve McQueen says: “I dedicate these films to George Floyd and all the other black people that have been murdered, seen or unseen, because of who they are, in the U.S., U.K. and elsewhere. ‘If you are the big tree, we are the small axe.’ Black Lives Matter.” The Oscar-winning director and Turner Prize-winning artist Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave, HungerWidows) has dedicated two of his films, chosen by the Cannes Film Festival for their Official Selection 2020, to George Floyd.

The two films selected by the Cannes Film Festival are Mangrove and Lovers Rock. Although the festival did not take place this year due to the coronavirus outbreak, the films selected will be branded with Cannes’ Official Selection 2020 label. McQueen’s two films Mangroveand Lovers Rock form part of a BBC commissioned anthology of five stories, called Small Axe, created by McQueen himself. Read more

Further insight into the 2020 Official Festival de Cannes Selection  

The Festival de Cannes revealed its 2020 Official Selection on 3 June. We are delighted to showcase the films that the Selection Committee loved and selected.

This year’s Selection marks a shift away from the Festival de Cannes’ traditional structure, and is divided into six categories:

– The “faithful”, directors who have been included in an Official Selection before,

– The newcomers, included in the Official Selection for their very first time,

-The first features, in an extension of the Festival de Cannes’ trademark passion for unearthing new talent.  Read more

Diversity and Change in the Fashion Industry – Fashion Forum Podcast

The first fully digital London Fashion Week isn’t over: Kenya Hunt, Fashion Director of Grazia UK, talks to Bethann Hardison, the pioneering fashion advocate, former model and agent best known for her work creating change within the fashion industry as it relates to diversity. As well as recalling stories from Bethann’s own experience as a black model, they discuss how fashion brands are responding to the current political climate, and the positive steps many of them are taking towards change.

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Free Webinar :What Next For Black Makeup & Beauty Brands?

Trailblazing solutionary and founder of E.A.T.OW, Eryca Freemantle discusses and offers plans on how we move forward post Co-vid19, in a rapidly “woke” world. Eryca is a Global Beauty Strategist, featured in Forbes Magazine, former makeup artist to A-List celebrities and advisory board member to world renowned university London College of Fashion (UCL) invites you into the conversation at this free webinar for the makeup and beauty industry.
This free event is Sponsored by TWOK London Makeup and supported by Olympia Beauty & Scratch Magazine. The objective of the webinar is to provide makeup artists and the beauty industry with the skills they need to operate successful businesses: Read more

How to celebrate Earth Day’s 50th anniversary while following stay-at-home orders

 

Go for a walk run or virtual walk run and enjoy local Birds watch as National Geographic HAS launched “Earth Day Neighborhood Safari” – encouraging families across the globe to bring the wonders of the wild world to their neighborhood, as a way of staying connected with both nature and each other. Families can design their own “safari stop” with the resources available on NatGeo@Home and can encourage their friends and neighbors to do the same while sharing safari shots on social media with #NatGeoEarthDayAtHome.

Protect the environment: Learn about solutions to climate change; learn about ways to reduce waste; learn about plants; learn about waterways, parks and conservation; learn about and protect birds, bees and other wildlife; and create a healthier home and community. Read more

The British pop legend Sir Elton John hosted the iHeart Living Room coronavirus benefit Concert

Sir Elton John was digitally joined by quarantined stars from around the music world for a virtual coronavirus benefit concert. The British pop legend hosted the iHeart Living Room Concert For America  from his home in Los Angeles. The online festival featured performances from the likes of Billie Eilish, Dave Grohl and Mariah Carey from their sofas and home studios. It raised funds for two US charities. Broadcasting from what he claimed was his only house without a piano, the Rocketman dug out his son’s keyboard for a rendition of Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, and also serenaded a delighted Lizzo with an a capella snippet of her track Juice. Read more