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Posts written during 'April 2011'

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There Are No Innocent Bystanders

This year sees the tenth anniversary of the East End Film Festival, and 2011's programme looks set not to disappoint. Opening with the world premiere of Roger Sargent's  'The Libertines - There Are No Innocent Bystanders', audiences will be given the chance to see never before seen footage of the band that everyone had an opinion on.  

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by Dir. Roger Sargent ©

Spawning a thousand copyists but combusting in 2004 before they could reach their true potential, The Libertines reformed in 2010 with performances at the Reading and Leeds festivals. Seargent's all-access documentary follows this rather unexpected reunion, going behind the tabloid headlines to to give viewers unrivalled access to the love, laughter, passion and power of a band which united and inspired a generation. Often described as the UK's most important music photographer and photojournalist; Roger Sargent has approached The Libertines' tale with a unique approach, profilling each band member individually and collectively in a way that has never been done before.

The 2011 East End Film Festival takes place between Wednesday 27th April and Monday 2nd May, with 'The Libertines - There Are No Innocent Bystanders' screening as part of the opening gala.

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Golden Sun Movement: ON

From the legendary UFO club nights of the 60s, the house music explosion of the 80s and to the 90s Balearic scene, otherworldly sounds have always intertwined with visual art and design.

Leo Zero Eye Orb Arc Popular Peoples Front Sleeve Cover 2008

Leo Zero “Eye Orb Arc (Popular Peoples Front artwork)” © 2008

Opening on Wednesday 20th April, three of the UK's most influential graphic artists present their work as members of an ever morphing collective named Golden Sun Movement.  Presenting a selection of hypnotically striking works at Idea Generation Gallery, London, Luke Insect, Leo Zero and Dave Little share the psychedelic scenes of the 60s as a key influence, as well as sharing an impressive roster of musicians, clubs and brands for which they have produced artwork. Creating sleeve artwork for the likes of Paul McCartney and unique commissions for Time Out magazine, the trio present us with eye-bending perspectives, shocking colours and a pastiche of styles including Victoriana and Pop Art.

Golden Sun Movement: On takes place at Idea Generation Gallery, London from 20th April 2011 - 8th May 2011.

5 Questions With...

Laura Rhodes, Womenswear Designer at Fred Perry

Having dreamt of being a designer since she first realised the job existed; Fred Perry's Laura Rhodes studied Fashion at Central St Martins, London, before joining us as Womenswear Designer. Laura talks us through her thoughts and inspirations behind the SS11 Women's Authentic Collection, and tells us why she was drawn to a brand like Fred Perry.

What attracted me to Fred Perry was the history of the brand, and its association with music and subculture throughout the years. It was during the Britpop scene of the 1990s that I first really became aware of the brand - so many bands I liked were wearing Fred Perry. When designing the womenswear range each season I find there is such a diverse wealth of inspiration - from the original Fred Perry tennis wear of the 50s (which was very smart and formal) to the contrasting looks of the many subcultures that have made Fred Perry their own.

For Spring/Summer '11 I wanted to introduce a pared-back, contemporary feel to the range. It's a range that mixes tomboy shapes with traditional Fred Perry styles; and uses feminine fabrics and washes to give a softer feel. I wanted it to be a very British collection - the season's inspiration came from looking back to the 1950s, where the majority of people spent their summer holidays by the seaside in Britain. For this collection I chose a Liberty 'Jack Ramble' print in two colours which reflects this seaside theme with images of waves and ships. The colours all have a slight grey tinge to them to reflect the British weather!

Liberty Shirt

Liberty Print Shirt from the SS11 Women's Authentic Collection

I don't think I can pinpoint a specific person who represents 'The Fred Perry Woman' - it has to be someone unique and individual, and the 'Tell Us Your Story' campaign on our website is perfect for inspiration. She's a girl who is very opinionated and British in her dress sense; who mixes things up in a very modern way. She's has her own style and knows what suits her, and isn't a slave to constantly changing fashion trends. The Fred Perry woman is a bit of a tomboy and wants to have fun: she goes to gigs and festivals - music from the past and present is a big part of her life, and this is reflected in her dress sense.

A favourite piece from the SS11 collection? I Have quite a few! Two favourites would have to be the gingham seersucker pinafore dress - perfect worn alone on a hot day or layered over one of our oversized t-shirts - and the fishtail parka. Made in England with shower-proof British Millerain waxed cotton, it's perfect to take to a festival this summer.

One piece of summer clothing I couldn't go without is a good oversized t-shirt. My current favourite is our oversized stripe t-shirt in a cotton/modal mix which is really soft and looks great on.

Browse the SS11 Fred Perry Women's Authentic collection HERE