Wednesday, 21 June 2017

BEATS: FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC



The 'French Touch' as it's known, is a term term coined by Melody Maker journalist Martin James in a 1996 column, in which he hit on the distinctive spin or je ne sais quoi which French producers and DJs put on house music in the mid-90s – think disco samples, robotic vocals and heavy filter and phaser effects.
Daft Punk, Cassius, Bob Sinclair and St Germain et al were at the forefront of this reinvention of French dance music, experimenting by marrying old disco loops to house beats, making something distinctive and beautiful which played out at raves inside a Chateaux, or underground warehouses in the suburbs. Today those sonically sensuous sounds have become mainstream tunes vibrating across Parisian clubland. 

So to pay homage to the City of Love's other passion - music - Beats have created a short film entitled "For The Love of Music", which showcases some of the people who have helped define Paris's music scene, and also the next generation of Parisians shaping it for the future - young radicals changing the way the city moves, its attitudes and how music pulsates throughout it all.

"With what is happening in the world right now, we need hope, we need curiosity, we need people who dare to say a positive message” explains androgynous model and DJ Agathe Mougin in the film's opening, which also stars musician and performance artist Oko Ebombo, iconic electro duo Justice and the new wave Gallic It-girls of Gucci Gang.

Watch the film below.



 

Monday, 19 June 2017

NEW MUSIC: LA DUO Pr0files RELEASE "MONEY"

Image © Fancy PR

LA duo Pr0files (Lauren Pardini and Danny Sternbaum) have released their latest offering "Money", which follows their signature gritty, sexy, melancholic synthpop vibe. 
Lyrically “Money” explores the themes of fear and failure, tapping into the duo’s own creative journey and the challenges they've faced along the way, while sonically the mood is seamlessly set to sumptuous dark dream pop production, the sort which invitingly stirs the senses and mesmerises the mind. 
Play it loud, while on a night drive, and try not to drift off into another world.

  


 

FASHION IN MOTION: MOLLY GODDARD AT THE V&A

Image © Philip Trengove (Molly Goddard SS17)

If you fancy free tickets to see designer Molly Goddard's latest creations as well as archive highlights from previous seasons live on the catwalk - then you'll need to get online as the V&A have announced that tickets for four shows which will take place on Friday 7th July, will be available to book from 10am on Monday 26th June. Tickets are limited, so booking is essential!

The four shows are part of the Fashion In Motion Series, which sees designers from across the world present their pieces on models strutting up and down inside the V&A - Alexander McQueen and Yohji Yamamoto are past participants in the series.
CSM graduate and London-based designer Molly Goddard will present her signature bold, colourful and voluminous designs as the finale of the week-long REVEAL Festival, which celebrates the V&A's new Sainsbury Gallery - where Goddard's four shows will take place - the gallery is part of the V&A Exhibition Road Quarter, the Museum’s largest architectural intervention in the last 100 years. 

Speaking about her involvement, Goddard said: "I’ve always thought of the V&A as an enormous cabinet of curiosities. I grew up exploring the galleries and they continue to be a huge source of inspiration for me. To be part of such a special event is incredibly exciting and we are looking forward to creating a fashion show in a totally new space while celebrating the history of the V&A and the preciousness of the objects."

The V&A's fashion curator, Oriole Cullen, said: "We are delighted to feature the work of Molly Goddard as part of the opening celebrations for the Museum’s new Sainsbury Gallery and we are thrilled that she is creating a special selection of pieces which will be shown for the first time at Fashion in Motion. Molly’s use of narrative and the immersive experience to showcase her work makes her an ideal partner to bring the V&A’s new exhibition space to life."

Fashion In Motion will take place at the V&A on 7th July at 13.00, 15.00, 17.00 and 20.00. The 15.00 show will also be live streamed via the V&A's Facebook page.
For more information, head HERE


 

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

WE MARGIELA: THE UNTOLD STORY



If you've ever wondered what really went on behind the scenes at Maison Martin Margiela in the label's early days, then your wait to find out will be over soon.

A new documentary and book, both released later this year entitled 'We Margiela', will provide an emotive and illuminating look into one of the most enigmatic and influential fashion houses, featuring former members of the creative collective - including co-founder Jenny Meirens, the first design teams, Axel Keller (who worked in sales), make-up artist Inge Grognard, and in-house model Grace Fisher (who met Margiela in a nightclub) - all revealing their personal collections and stories about how the brand became an unforgettable chapter in their lives. 
None of the subjects of the film have spoken extensively or publicly about their experiences before.

The documentary will also explore the genesis of the house and the legacy of MMM, breaking boundaries and going against the system of fashion, ultimately resulting in a conflict between creativity and commerciality, and how it all ended.

For more info, head to the documentary's official website HERE.


 

LANA DEL REY - "LOVE"

Image © Neil Krug

Lana Del Rey has shared the Rich Lee-directed otherworldly video to her new track, "Love", which features the singer in a dreamy visual, performing in a music hall and later on a lunar landscape, juxtaposed with footage of young people in love, alternating between black-and-white and washed-out colour effects with a 60s / 70s aesthetic.

"Love" is the first single from Del Rey's upcoming fifth studio album, a "body of work" created by the singer and her longtime producer and collaborator Rick Nowels.
"I made my first 4 albums for me, but this one is for my fans and about where I hope we are all headed," says Del Rey.
The new LP's release, track list and "guest featured artists" will be revealed at a later date.

"Love" is available via Interscope/Polydor. Buy and stream the track HERE.



 


 

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

MARTIN MARGIELA RETROSPECTIVE - PARIS 2018

Image © Maison Margiela

A Martin Margiela retrospective is coming to Paris' Palais Galliera in March 2018.
The Belgian designer will co-curate the show with Olivier Saillard, director of the fashion museum, and in true Margiela style, it's all very secretive on the details for now.

Margiela began his career in Paris in 1980 as an assistant to Jean Paul Gaultier, later running his own label between 1989 and 2009. The brand was eventually bought by Italian Renzo Rosso in 2002, and in 2009 Margiela left the company. After years of anonymous designers heading up the label, John Galliano was appointed Creative Director in 2014, when the brand became Maison Margiela.

It's one of the most boundary-pushing labels in the business thanks to Martin's own unique vision, with a legacy that turns preconceptions of clothing on its head - it’s a world where everything is beautiful, and nothing (deliberately) makes sense.

While we wait for more info to come on the exhibition, watch the SS17 womenswear show below:




 

FILM: SAINT LAURENT SS17 #YSL04 PART 2


Images © Yves Saint Laurent / Collier Schorr

Part 2 of a short film directed by Nathalie Canguilhem capturing the Saint Laurent SS17 campaign has been released, visually treating us to Anthony Vaccarello's continued reinvention of The House of Yves Saint Laurent, bringing sexy back with a high-glam aesthetic.

Featuring Mica Arganaraz, Freja Beha Erichsen, Yasmin Wijnaldum, Binx, Selena Forrest, Lexi Boling, and Vittoria Ceretti all working the new collection,
 the campaign has been lensed by Collier Schorr. 
Watch below:


And if you missed Part One of the film entitled 'Evening Part 1', set to Beethoven's Symphony No 7 with a voiceover by Freja Beha Erichsen, you can also watch it below:


 

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