Dior & I

Dior & I

27.03.2015 | Fashion , Film | BY:

Today sees the release of Dior & I, the latest documentary from filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng – his solo directorial debut – that follows Raf Simons as he starts his role as Creative Director at the Parisian fashion house.

You find yourself immersed in the world of Dior, from the ateliers, to the business and communications, and even in the legend that is Christian Dior himself. Throughout the film we see vignettes of Christian Dior in black and white, using voiceover quotes from his autobiography. It’s these snippets that emphasise the work ahead of Simons as he embarks on the task of creating his very first haute couture collection for Dior, modernising the legacy for a new generation. They also act as a reminder of the past, baring weight on the shoulders of the designer of the future.

There are times in the film where things don’t always go to plan. Which, expectably, there would be. Simons is known as a minimalist (although he does not see it that way) and has never designed a couture collection before, let alone in eight weeks, and so these mishaps were bound to happen. But, what you notice is that every hurdle is handled in a rather elegant manner and only once do we witness a tiny designer tantrum – if you could even call it that.

A sense of thrill and excitement hangs over the experience; you are anticipating the grand finale right from the very start, cheering on the rather timid designer and Pieter Muller, his right-hand-man, the entire length of the movie. Tcheng does this by creating a crescendo of sorts. The voiceover shifts from the past to the present as we draw near to the catwalk show, and it acts as a commentary on Simons’ whole experience. When the collection finally does walk the runway, in a beautiful slow motion scene, emotions are high, and watching this little slice of modern couture history evokes those same feelings in anyone with a place in their heart for style.

Dior & I is in cinemas from today.

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Twin Picks: Denim Culottes

26.03.2015 | Fashion | BY:

Culottes are a welcome reminder that the weather is heading in the right direction. Either worn with flatforms or crisp white kicks, it’s finally time to bare those legs (well part of them) in some wide-leg crop-length trousers.

Our top four just so happen to be made from the fabric of the season, denim. And we’ve taken a liking to the frayed variety, but you’ll find a plethora of styles, cuts and washes out there. Here are our Twin picks to get you started.

High-Wasited Denim Culottes, £135, self-portrait-studio.com & Raw Edge Hem Denim Culottes in White, £268, charlie-may.co.uk

 

Frayed Edge Denim Culottes, £30, monki.com & A Tentative Atelier Asymmetrical Culottes, £328, farfetch.com

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FKA Twigs Releases Video for Glass & Patron

25.03.2015 | Music | BY:

This week, during the YouTube Music Awards, FKA twigs released her latest video for Glass & Patron. Directed by the British musician herself, we see her giving birth to many dancers who then go on to take part in the most epic vogue battle of all time. We’ve come to expect a certain visual aesthetic from the young Video Girl, and this is as mesmerising and intriguing as its predecessors. Maybe even more.

The song itself was co-written and co-produced by Boots, and will feature on the new FKA twigs EP, set to be released later this year.

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Burberry to open cafe in Regent Street store

24.03.2015 | Fashion | BY:

Best of British: this is an ethos that has always emanated from luxury brand Burberry. But it is now taking this one step further with the addition of a café, featuring an all-British menu from Rocket Food. The café is already under construction in its 121 Regent Street store. While a restaurant belonging to a major design house isn’t new (see Armani, Ralph Lauren and Bulgari), Burberry’s space will have the edge thanks to its plans for a gifting area.

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Eyeko’s bespoke mascara

23.03.2015 | Beauty | BY:

Taking the phrase ‘for your eyes only’ to another level, Eyeko has launched a bespoke mascara service at Harvey Nichols.

During a one-to-one consultation, Eyeko’s mascara editors will match your ideal brush with a custom-made formula. With over a 100 combinations, the result will be the ultimate mascara that will allow you to style and manipulate your lashes. Each Bespoke mascara is made instantly on-site, before being places in a monogrammed box that is wrapped in couture packaging that is sure to set beauty addicts a-flutter.

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A Model Moment: Charlotte

20.03.2015 | Fashion | BY:

In the latest chapter of A Model Moment with Sophia Aerts, we meet Charlotte Richman, 21. Originally from Dorset, she moved to Brighton at 18 to do an art course and after one year moved to London to pursue modeling.

On London

My favourite place in London is Love Walk around Camberwell, where I often go to the Love Walk Café with my housemate. Sometimes we have Malibu on the rocks at an inappropriate hour in the morning and walk all the way to Herne Hill market, eat burgers and sit in Brockwell Park smoking and laughing at passersby.

I also love the Grant Museum of Zoology, which is full of weird and wonderful things, such as taxidermy and jars filled with bugs.

On style

My style completely changes week to week. Sometimes I’m very tomboy and punky and kind of scruffy, at other times I love to look 60s with shift dresses and jackets and heavy eye makeup with little shoes.

The last thing I bought was some blue and white big striped jeans from Mango in Istanbul. They remind me of a shirt my mum used to were when I was little. Designer-wise, I love Paul Smith.

You’ll aways find milk and diet pepsi in my fridge for tea and hungover mornings, plus ham and halloumi.

I absolutely hate it when people say ‘emotional roller coaster’.

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Make up by Gillian Campbell using Jurlique Skincare and Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

Hair by Ditte Lund Lassen using Bumble and Bumble.

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Kate Boy, Higher

19.03.2015 | Blog | BY:

Stockholm electro-poppers Kate Boy have been going from strength to strength over the past year, and their latest single, ‘Higher’ (launching on 27 April through Fiction Records), is no exception.

This is the most recent track to be taken from the group’s debut album, set for release later this year. A combination of ultra-slick production, bellowing bassline and red-blooded beats provide a powerful background for singer Kate’s melodic mantra.

A stunning video has been unveiled alongside the single. Directed by Ben Strebel (Gorgon City and Phoenix), the video video was shot in the scenery of Northern Sweden, and it follows several characters as they fight to throw off their oppressive shackles in order to see just how beautiful their surroundings are.

Kate Boy will next be performing live in the UK at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton on 14 May.

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18.03.2015 | Music | BY:

Grab your bikini and don your snazziest shades as Miami Music Week kicks off on Tuesday 24 March. With temperatures already hitting 30, where better to chill out in the sun with amazing beats than The Miami Beach EDITION, hotel mogul Ian Schrager’s latest concept.
The 6-day festival aims to showcase today’s most relevant DJs,  with a line up curated by Basement Miami and media produced by THUMP. Just a very brief selection from the stellar list includes Jamie Jones, Hector Romero and Dennis Ferrer.
Tickets are now available directly from Basement Miami’s website: www.basementmiami.com/Events

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Pam Pam store launch

17.03.2015 | Fashion | BY:

Sneakers and running shoes have been an unexpected trend that has spread like wildfire in both the fashion circles and on the high street, and it seems that many consider them to be well and truly here to stay. Well, that’s what lifestyle retailer Pam Pam thinks, at any rate.

Last week, they launched the first women’s only sneaker store in the UK, 1,500 sq foot space located in Bethnal Green, featuring 10 footwear brands including adidas, Reebok and New Balance. Not limited to just footwear, the store will be home to accessories and clothing from a wide variety of expertly curated, well known and independent labels, including the Australian brand Vanishing Elephant, Bethnals and Penfield.

The store’s founders, Bethany Heggarty and Rio Holland, hope to enrich women’s lives; aside from their tightly edited selection of clothing and accessories, they will be providing different opportunities, such as yoga classes, workshops, music sessions and cultural events.

Trainers, clothing, yoga and female empowerment – a fashion and lifestyle concept that’s not just for kicks.

Pam Pam, 129 Bethnal Green, London E2 7DG

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Savage Beauty

17.03.2015 | Fashion | BY:

Strangely moving and beautifully composed, Savage Beauty is the most fitting homecoming for fashion’s rare bird.

Just as complex as the man himself and just as deeply layered, the V&A’s retrospective of the late great Lee Alexander McQueen is as powerful as it is poignant. At the time of writing 70,000 advance tickets had already sold for Savage Beauty. So far, that’s 3,000 more than the V&A had sold during the same period for David Bowie Is… It says something when a fashion designer can outsell a rock icon.

This amplified version of the original exhibition staged at The Met in 2011 has been fittingly expanded to begin at the beginning, with McQueen’s hometown and the raw, scratchy, seedy energy of London. You can trace a line through McQueen’s growth as a designer from his Central St Martins MA collection, inspired by backstreet debauchery, through to the exquisite aristocratic and ornithological references that chime with his complex relationship with Isabella Blow. Brutally beautiful rather than conventionally so, McQueen effectively reprogrammed femininity.

Almost twenty years of transformative and transgressive design are here and the iconic garments come thick and fast, from the goose feather coat dipped in gold to the bumster trousers and the crocodile head epaulettes. Animalistic and erotic, the pieces feel real and three-dimensional in ways that many fashion garments fall short in this kind of setting. Layered thick with references, implied and explicit, they transcend ready to wear. There are over 240 garments showcased over the ten rooms, including 70 additional pieces that particularly resonate with the London homecoming. Exhibition designers Sam Gainsbury and Joseph Bennett have taken a thematic route through McQueen’s archive, creating theatrical spaces that are powerfully evocative of his most recognisable influences.

A Cabinet of Curiosities exposes many of McQueen’s most memorable garments, including some he created for Givenchy. At the heart is the rotating dress from his Spring/ Summer 1999 No. 13 collection, in which Shalom Harlow was famously sprayed by robots. Soaring up to the ceiling are 120 other pieces, but emphasis is placed on highlighting the sculptural jewellery and headwear accessories created by long-time collaborators Philip Treacy and Stephen Webster. The association with McQueen seems to even elevate these two master craftsmen, standing on the shoulders of a giant. The exhibition ends with McQueen’s final collection, Plato’s Atlantis (Spring/Summer 2010), which in retrospect feels like the pinnacle of his fascination with anthropomorphic metamorphosis. And those armadillo shoes will define him – and the label -  long, long after his death.

The poignancy of his brief genius resonates through a re-staging of the Kate Moss hologram that closed the Widows of Culloden Autumn/Winter 2006 show; an ethereal wisp of cheekbones and organza floating mid-air finally drifts off into the distance and disappears into the black solar system. It’s a fitting metaphor for a designer whose star shone brighter than most, but who was ultimately consumed by his own personal tragedy.

Savage Beauty is at the V & A Museum until 2nd August 2015. 

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