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Isle Of Wight Festival 07 line-up announced February 21, 2007

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The best of British are set to rock the Solent this summer: Snow Patrol, Muse, Kasabian and Keane plus Amy Winehouse, James Morrison, The Fratellis, Wolfmother, Paolo Nutini, The Feeling and Ash are all announced.

The Isle of Wight Festival is back with a big British bang for 2007 and boasts a line up every bit as stunning as its surroundings! Taking place over 3 days on 8th, 9th & 10th June at Seaclose Park, this year’s festival will bring together some of the finest live acts of our time, including headline performances by the biggest selling band of 2006, Snow Patrol and Best Live Act Brit Award winners Muse.

Now in its sixth year, festival organisers Solo have set the standard for this year’s Isle of Wight Festival, which traditionally kicks off the festival season in style! Kings of the rock ‘n’ roll scene Kasabian will appear as special guests on the Saturday whilst GQ’s Band of the Year Keane will wow the 50,000 strong crowd as they take to the stage as special guests on Sunday.

Also appearing on the stellar line up throughout the weekend are Best British Female Brit Award winner Amy Winehouse, Best British Male Brit Award winner James Morrison and Best British Breakthrough Brit Award winners The Fratellis together with a host of the hottest newcomers around including Paolo Nutini, Wolfmother and The Feeling. With more acts to be announced including the Sunday night headliner, the Isle of Wight Festival is set to be sizzling this summer!

Festival promoters Solo said: “Bands love coming to the island and feeling the tradition. Tennyson was right about it’s magical quality.”

Friday night headliners Snow Patrol were the biggest selling band of 2006 selling over 1.5 million copies of ‘Eyes Open’. Before their huge stateside success, the Irish foursome first performed at the festival back in 2005 and we are proud to welcome them back for what is set to be an unmissable headline performance.

Ahead of their string of sold out Wembley Stadium shows and fresh from winning a trio of awards for Best Live Act at the recent Q Awards, MTV Awards and Brit Awards 2007, the almighty Muse will do what they do best as they perform live as Isle of Wight Festival headliners on the Saturday.

Muse said: “The past year has been truly amazing for us and performing live is what we’re all about. Getting the opportunity to do that at the Isle of Wight Festival is an honour. Some of our biggest heroes played the festival back in the 70’s. It’s steeped in history and we cant wait to be a part of that.”

The line-up so far:
Friday 8 June
Snow Patrol
The Feeling

Saturday 9 June
Plus special guests Kasabian
Amy Winehouse

Sunday 10 June
Headliner TBC
Plus special guests Keane
The Fratellis
Paolo Nutini
James Morrison

The Isle of Wight Festival takes place 8th to 10th June at Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight.

Tickets will be on sale on Wednesday 21st February at 9am from the Virgin Radio Directory only, beat the phone queues online at www.virginradio.co.uk/tickets.

Tickets go on general sale from 9am on Thursday 22nd February from the following outlets:

For ticket and ferry packages:

Weekend camping adult £125
Weekend camping child £62.50
Weekend non-camping adult £105
Weekend non-camping child £52.50
Campervan pass £125
*all prices are subject to booking fee

Disabled purchasers must order festival tickets through Ticketzone. Those who do not do this will not gain access to the disabled platform or car park.

For further information on the Isle of Wight Festival 2007 visit www.isleofwightfestival.com.


Real men wear pink February 21, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Fashion.
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The colour pink is the number one fashion colour for men according to sales statistics at nationwide menswear retailer Moss. Over the last three years sales in pink shirts and accessories rose from 11% to 16%, with more men in London wearing pink than anywhere else in the country.

This Valentine’s Day Moss, the leading menswear retailer, will be campaigning for more men to wear the colour, which symbolises joy and happiness.

The Moss ‘Real Men Wear Pink’ campaign will begin in the first week of February with a selection of specially selected pink shirts, ties and cufflinks. Staff in the 118 Moss stores will also be wearing pink shirts and accessories.

pink_tie.jpg  Pink Statistics > Pink is the number one fashion colour for shirts >
1. Pink 36%
2. Lilac 24%
3. Black 12%
4. Navy 10%
5. Red 6%
6. Chocolate 5%
7. Green 5%
8. Yellow 3%

•Sales of pink shirts and ties have steadily grown over the last few years from 11% in 2004 to 16% in 2006 indicating a general trending up for the colour. Last year more pink shirts were sold in the South (65%) compared to the North (15%). London alone accounts for 34% of overall pink shirt sales.

Dr Veronika Koller, lecturer at Lancaster University, who has carried out research on the significance of colour comments: “Pink has more meanings than any other colour. Historically pink was worn by boys and blue was for girls. After the World War I there was a complete turnaround when blue became associated with military uniforms, male jobs and masculinity. The marketing industry adopted pink for girls simply as a contrast.”

Koller believes the trend has now come full circle. She adds: “Pink has become a fashion statement for men. Men who wear pink send out a clear message that they perceive themselves as being cutting edge, modern, out of the ordinary and special.”

This Valentine’s Day Moss has selected a special range of pink shirts and accessories. Matthew McCormack, shirt and accessories buyer for Moss, gives his top tips on how to wear pink. “Pink is a quintessentially British colour. British men have embraced this in a leading way over time, but this season it’s even more important as a key look.”

1. This season’s trend for all shades of grey and chocolate tailoring goes perfectly with pale pink accessories.
2. A pink shirt with a contrast white collar looks sharp and will give a modern edge to any city slicker look.
3. For the pink shy, an easy way to introduce pink into your work-wear wardrobe is by wearing a tie with pink only as a highlight colour i.e. navy with pink stripes.
4. Keep it simple and don’t over do it. Co-ordinate a pink shirt with a contrast coloured tie. Wearing tone on tone i.e. pale pink shirt with dark pink tie looks great but it’s a look only for the brave. 

Topman.com > more than just fashion February 21, 2007

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Topman.com now offers more than just an easy way to shop for cutting edge fashion: it provides access to industry news, events and special offers, not to mention, a vast selection of brand new clothing lines.

The Topman.com collection currently features over 900 items online, some of which are exclusive to the company’s website and bigger flagship stores. Moreover, Topman.com is now continuously updated with 80-100 lines of mens clothes each week, so by shopping online, customers are guaranteed access to the hottest trends and latest collections.

But that’s not all: Topman.com also aims to keep customers in the fashion loop when it comes to industry news, events and special offers. For example, online visitors will have instant access to exclusive competitions offering prizes like tickets to major sold-out gigs. Users will also have the opportunity to sign up for Topman’s weekly stylemail e-newsletter, or even visit the company’s e-zine, ‘Topmanzine,’ which features Topman Design fashion videos and information on the latest trends. Topman.com even hosts a smart area which offers advice on purchasing mens suits or dressing smart with a casual Topman twist. So whether customers are looking for the latest in fashion tips or simply some casual wardrobe staples, they’re sure to find it online at Topman.com.

Looking for the perfect gift? Topman.com can help: whether it’s for Christmas, Valentine’s Day or a birthday, Topman has loads to satisfy even those who are hardest to shop for. With updated information, gift-giving ideas and tips on “ways to wear”, buying gifts is made simple. Online visitors can even create a wish list to send to friends and family, ensuring they receive exactly what they’ve had their eye on.

But best of all, Topman.com provides a quick and easy way to shop, without the hassle of queues and crowds. Many men will readily admit an aversion to conventional shopping; and if asked why, most would say that they haven’t the patience to visit shops, try on clothes and stand in a queue to pay for them. But if men could evade the hassles of shopping, what’s not to like? After all, everyone wants to look and feel good in what they wear.

With Topman’s comprehensive yet simple online shopping network and delivery system, customers can easily find and purchase stylish mens clothing, yet forego all the queues and crowds. And if an item doesn’t fit, it’s easy to return direct to Topman.com or one of Topman’s many stores across the UK. Plus, customers shopping online will always have access to the same great clothing lines featured at Topman’s flagship stores, so there’s no reason not to shop online.

When it comes to shopping, Topman knows just what men want: cutting edge fashion, in-the-know fashion advice and a hassle-free way to shop. The newly updated Topman.com site has been designed to offer all this and more with its latest online collections.