Wednesday, 15 April 2015

AGE AIN'T NOTHING BUT A NUMBER: BADDIE WINKLE FOR DIMEPIECE LA @dimepiecela



As recent fashion campaigns from Celine, featuring prolific literary hero Joan Didion, to Saint Laurent's Music Project starring 70s folk rock icon Joni Mitchell have proved - some things just get better with age - both bona fide legends, both over 70 and both still leading lights in their respective fields.

The latest fashion brand on a mission to prove that age ain't nothing but a number is girl-power design duo Dimepiece LA, who have made 86-year-old internet sensation Baddie Winkle their latest muse. 

Famed for her no-hold-barred Instagram images featuring racy swimwear, pill-popping and spirited messages such as 'why twerk when you can hula hoop?' - Helen Ruth Van Winkle as she's better known, is the self-proclaimed Great-Grandmother who has 'been stealing your man since 1928'.

So naturally for Dimepiece's 'State of Mind' campaign, she's clad in mesh tops with cannabis emblems, swimsuits, chunky gold bling and cat-eye sunglasses, giving a nod to female empowerment with a bad-ass urban vibe, proving that setting trends is about taking risks.... whatever age you are.


Images © Nikki La Mere / Dimepiece LA

* You can read my interview with Dimepiece LA's fierce female founders for MTV Style HERE.

 

NEW MUSIC: DARIUS - HELIOS (feat. Wayne Snow) @PurplePR_Ent @_dariusmusic

Image © Purple PR Music

Emerging Parisian DJ / Producer Darius has unveiled the title track from his upcoming "Helios" EP featuring Berlin-based singer Wayne Snow.
The track combines sexy beats and smooth vocals with sensual confidence and call-to-love lyrics, unfolding a deeper sensibility. Listen below.

The Helios EP is out via Roche on 20 April.




 

Thursday, 2 April 2015

SIA: BIG GIRLS CRY

Images © Purple PR Music

So the blonde-bobbed visionary known as Sia (my constant creative crush), has just released the video for new single "Big Girls Cry" - the third and final part of her video trilogy featuring dance prodigy Maddie Ziegler.



Directed by the singer and Daniel Askill (Elastic Heart, Chandelier), it packs a visually powerful punch, as Ziegler works an emotive performance to camera via the medium of modern dance and expression.
With self-help text scribbled across her hands, there's a general un-hinged feeling throughout, channelling the track's despairing mood..... big girls cry when their heart is breaking



 

Thursday, 26 March 2015

RIHANNA x PAOLO ROVERSI #BBHMM



Ahead of Rihanna's new album dropping soon, check out the just-unveiled artwork for upcoming single 'Bitch Better Have My Money', aka #BBHMM on Instagram.

Clad in a leather biker jacket, teasing her chest tattoo, and rocking some serious vintage ear-bling, the cover was shot by Paolo Roversi and styled by i-D's Alastair McKimm.


 

THE ONE WE'VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR: "GRACE JONES THE MUSICAL OF MY LIFE"



Described by the BBC as 'a journey through the private and public realms of Grace Jones', a new documentary about the life and times of the singer is to be screened as part of BBC Films 25th anniversary.

"Grace Jones – The Musical Of My Life" will be directed by Sophie Fiennes, and will be an 'observational portrait of the performer' - who at 66, is still influencing generations with her fierce and fearless attitude to femininity, gender neutrality and creativity.

Jones really does rule the world, not just because her personal style is far too advanced for us mere mortals to ever comprehend - but because she could also destroy us all with just one legendary roar. 
No matter how hard FKA Twigs tries, Grace CANNOT be duplicated.

And to prove my point, watch the now iconic 1985 video for "Slave to the Rhythm" below:



 


 

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

V&A MUSEUM: ANNE RAY x ALEXANDER MCQUEEN - 'MY LIFE IN PICTURES'

Image: Inside, 2000 © Ann Ray / Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Just in case you didn't already know (but of course you did unless you've been living under a rock), the V&A is set to open its major exhibition 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty', in London this month.

As part of the display, the museum has acquired 13 photographs by visual artist and storyteller Anne Ray (also known as Anne Deniau), from a beautifully extraordinary body of work described by the late designer himself, as ‘my life in pictures’. 


Image: Unfallen Angels II, 2009 © Ann Ray / Victoria and Albert Museum, London

McQueen and Ray forged a close creative bond between 1997 and 2010, unveiling a unique and seductive collaboration which gave the public a look into the designer's world, both in the studio and behind-the-scenes at catwalk shows - access granted to Ray alone with ‘no guidelines’. 

From frenetic pre-show activity, to the intensity of preparations for each all-encompassing spectacle which built anticipation season after season, and portraits of the designer in private moments - Ray shot approximately 35,000 photographs, all on film.

Some of those now iconic images are available to view by appointment in the V&A’s Prints and Drawings Study Room, while the full McQueen retrospective opens at the V&A on 14 March 2015, with a press preview on Thursday 12 March. 

For more info, head HERE.

 

MELANIE DE BIASIO x THE CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA - "I'M GONNA LEAVE YOU"



Belgian singer Melanie De Biasio's 2013 album 'No Deal' has been beautifully re-worked by master music curator, Gilles Peterson, to bring together a series of musicians and producers to add a rich new vibrancy to her soundscape, which fuses both the jazz and electronic worlds.


'No Deal' remixed features probably one of the most seductive and transcendental songs I have ever heard - 'I'm Gonna Leave You' emphasises the moody smoky depth of Biasio's vocals, injected with a generous dose of Cinematic Orchestra-inspired echoes - think cranked up bass and slinky rhythm.
When I first heard this, not only did I fall in love straight away, but every time I hear it, it brings another element to the atmospheric ambience. Listen below.

Gilles Peterson presents: Melanie De Biasio – 'No Deal Remixed' is out now.



 

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