Tuesday, 1 December 2015


"Perhaps clothed women are going to have a moment." Annie Leibovitz

Well it's about time! Finally, the iconic Pirelli Calendar 2016 embraces a shift in attitudes towards the portrayal of the female form and female beauty in particular, ditching supermodels for the first time in its 50-year history, in favour of some of the world's most influential women of all ages, focusing on achievement rather than sex appeal - all thanks to photographer Annie Leibovitz. 

Described as "straightforward and direct," by the iconic lens lady herself, the full calendar features Yao Chen, Natalia Vodianova, Kathleen Kennedy, Agnes Gund (with her granddaughter Sadie Rain Hope-Gund), Serena Williams, Fran Lebowitz, Mellody Hobson, Ava DuVernay, Tavi Gevinson, Shirin Neshat, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith and Amy Schumer (keeping it real).

See some of the imagery and a behind-the-scenes film of the shoot below.

Images © Annie Leibovitz / Pirelli



Meadham Kirchhoff, SS13 Show Invite

"The fluidity and possibility of the teenage years seems to unite fashion's obsession with the boy: sparked, perhaps by a strange belief in the precious genius of youth -- of a time of perceived infinite opportunity, spontaneity and creative freedom." Lou Stoppard

Mad About The Boy is a new exhibition coming to the London College of Fashion's - Fashion Space Gallery - curated by SHOWstudio’s Lou Stoppard, the show explores fashion’s portrayal of the teenage boy and how it visually constructs ideals of the young male through collections and imagery - from the outsider to the sexual fantasy to ravers and revellers.
The exhibition ultimately seeks to provoke a discussion on how youth is portrayed and obsessed over in fashion's imagination, constantly re-shaping and reinventing the dream male.

Featuring examples of work from the 1980s and 1990s through to the current day, designers and contributors include Kim Jones, Meadham Kirchhoff, Larry Clark, Nick Knight, Nasir Mazhar, Tyrone Lebon, Christopher Shannon, Martine Rose, JW Anderson and youth obsessives Hedi Slimane, Raf Simons and Gosha Rubchinskiy. 

Mad About The Boy will run January 8 to April 2, 2016 at Fashion Space Gallery, London College of Fashion, 20 John Prince’s Street, London, W1G 0BJ

Friday, 27 November 2015


Image © Fanny-Tour Lambert

So glad that Eliot Sumner switched from the synth-pop of 'I Blame Coco' (her former project), to a darker more complicated place, fusing her husky vocals with screaming guitars and a new harder energy.

Her latest release, I Followed You Home, continues the grittier-edged soundscape, this time with a stalker theme - and we're not talking a decadent dirt digging session on Instagram where you accidentally like a picture of the object of your affection with their partner, and then hysterically unlike it - we're talking actually turning up at their home, which plays out in Sumner's track like some kind of fantasy love story... even though it's really all kinds of fatal attraction-ish and kinda don't do it.

Watch the video below, which has very little stalking in it and lots of noir shots from life on the road with Eliot.

Sumner releases her debut album 'Information' on 22 January via Cherrytree, but you can check out the Information
 EP which is addictive listening, out now via iTunes.


Tuesday, 24 November 2015


Venezuela-born digital producer Arca (Alejandro Ghersi), has collaborated with art-macabre Dalston-based artist / director Jesse Kanda on the video for 'Front Load', delivering a sensual and sexually explicit visual, tracing the naked body in extreme close-up - Arca's naked body laid bare to be exact - in a blurry tale of genitals and the odd pomegranate bulb - all accompanied by a darkly inviting synth soundscape.

As his second album 'Mutant' is released, Arca - who worked on Kanye West's Y
eezus, FKA twigs' LP1, Björk's Vulnicura and Kelela's Hallucinogen EP - continues to be unconventional in his intensified, organic and experimental sonic electro-exploration, without boundaries.

Watch below.



Thursday, 12 November 2015


Image © Alasdair McLellan

Just when everyone had written off Justin Bieber, he bounces back with a new sound - no more "baby, baby, baby, oh!" - and a new attitude, less bad boy and more of an apology tour for basically being a bit of a d**k who made really bad teen-pop and upset fans with 
dramatic stage exits and hissy fits (he's still working on that one).

So here he is (above) on the cover of the Winter 2015 issue of i-D Magazine, shot by Alasdair McLellan, in which he also opens up in an intimate interview about coming-of-age, his breakup with Selena Gomez and moving from 'Belieber' heartthrob to mature musical artist and deep, deep thinker.... (with most thoughts found at the bottom of a bong I imagine).
Read the full interview HERE.


Thursday, 5 November 2015


Image © Purple PR Music

A little (a lot) in love with London-born newcomer and girl of the moment, Dua Lipa right now - and yes that's her real name, which means "love" in Albanian. If you haven't yet checked out her new release 'Be The One', then where have you been?

The track's lyrical mantra reinforces self-belief, seamlessly fused into a colourfully dynamic pop soundscape, with a chorus that will be spinning round in your head for weeks. The accompanying stylish soft-focus visual was directed by Nicole Nodland, and sees Dua roaming around the city at night, rolling around in the grass and just generally giving us all the crushes.
Watch below.

Dua's debut album is released in 2016, and you can catch her live in Paris’ Les Bains on 25th November and Oslo Hackney on Tuesday 2nd February.

Thursday, 29 October 2015


And so my day is made. Kraftwerk have confirmed details of a “3D album” which will include their live tour performances at venues including New York’s MoMA, the Düsseldorf Kunstsammlung, London’s Tate Modern, the Sydney Opera House and the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
The legendary electro pioneers whose videos redefined German modernism, will translate their industrial art-focused visuals into a surround sound-style Blu-Ray to be released later this Winter.

And in the meantime, if you can't catch them on tour, you can still see an exhibition exploring the aesthetics of the German techno quartet, which is open until November 8, 2015 at Sweden's Röhsska Museum. The display traces the band's inspirations from fashion and film through to photography and graphic design from the early 20th century onwards.
For more info, head HERE.



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