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Today's News: Karl Lagerfeld takes jibes at the Queen, a man has two alligators to bed and in Camden Big Brother is watching you

Written by . Published on February 8th 2012.

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I Like To Be, Beside The Sea
Tasting Hastings is a collection of sixteen artists and designers currently offering their wares at the YCN Shop and Library in Shoreditch. The venture is the brainchild of local lighting designer Phillip Oakley and aims to bring the charm of Hastings, a creative and curious seaside town, to London’s artistic east. A range of products is for sale, including Bruce Robbins’ upholstered furniture, Judith Rowe’s pottery and Leigh Dyer’s metalwork. Available from 6 – 29 February. (YCN Shop and Library, 72 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY)

Cough Up, And Make It Snappy
A 29-year-old man has been fined £200 after police discovered two six-month old alligators in his bedroom in Pembury Crescent. James Charlton admitted to two accounts of possessing a dangerous wild animal, but remains adamant that he believed the reptiles to be of a dwarf variety. Despite what he was told by his internet seller, the alligators will eventually grow to be at least eight feet long. They are now being kept at Brighton Rescue Reptile Centre and will be used for educational purposes with visiting schools.

The Devil Wears Prada, Or Is It Chanel?
Karl Lagerfeld, creative mind behind Chanel, made some highly controversial remarks whilst guest-editing the Metro. Although he named singer Adele "the thing at the moment", he later admitted he thinks she is “a little too fat.” Even the Queen took a beating from the German designer, who described her as a “more smiley version” of her grandmother and head of a monarchy that’s “totally unnecessary”.

Stephen Webster for Dirty Pretty ThingsStephen Webster for Dirty Pretty Things

Knicker Envy
Dirty Pretty Things, a premium lingerie brand from designers Dee Murren and Claire Merry, mark its third anniversary with a pop-up store in Selfridges this week. Love Dirty Pretty Things launched in celebratation of Valentine’s Day, showcasing the brand’s SS12 collection and their collaboration with jewellery designer, Stephen Webster. The one-off special edition Eloise bra features a reworked Envy pendant from Webster’s Seven Deadly Sins collection, and will be displayed as the showpiece of the pop-up. Love Dirty Pretty Things runs throughout London Fashion Week until March 11.


Art Attack
Ai Weiwei and Herzog & de Meuron, the duo who created the Bird’s Nest stadium for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, will again work together to create this year’s Serpentine Pavilion, the annual work of temporary architecture erected on the lawn of Kensington Gardens. The pop-up structure will take place from June through October, making it coincide with the London Olympics, a choice that seems engineered to be read as a political statement in light of Ai’s controversial imprisonment.

Not So Common People
Brit-pop outfit, Pulp, are to receive the NME Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music this year. Jarvis Cocker told NME, “I guess we always knew we stood out – but to be called 'outstanding' is great. Thank you.” 

Virtual Valentine
Advertising group Grey London has designed a virtual charity shop in Soho for Women’s Aid’s Valentine’s Day campaign. The Cabinet of Dreams shop installation in The Frame Store, doubles as a virtual gallery, from which shoppers can buy the pieces or text images of them to their partners, which will generate a donation to Women’s Aid. There are nine pieces in the installation by artists and illustrators such as The Last Tuesday Society, Nicole Mueller, Suck & Chew and Charlotte Brown. Each piece is displayed within a bell jar in the window.

They Must Be Barking
Camden has taken Big Brother a step too far after a Robocop-style talking CCTV camera began ordering people to leave an estate. Jim Jepps, 41, was so disgruntled by the camera barking orders in an American accent that he posted a video of it on YouTube, which quickly went viral and has clocked up more than 66,000 hits.

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