20 May 2019

She Sells Sea Shells..

A name loaded with intriguing references – Kairi derives both from the Japanese work "kai" meaning "from the sea", and is also named after Greece's first feminist poet and playwright, Evanthia Kairi. The contemporary handbag collection marries style and substance with sustainability and seaside symbolism through expertly crafted pieces which are designed and produced right here in London. I spoke to Kairi's founder and designer, Beatrix, about her main creative inspirations, her favourite sustainable brands at the moment, and what to expect next from Kairi.

13 May 2019

Gucci Beauty’s New Campaign Challenges Perfectionism

Creative director Alessandro Michele is lending his exuberant, multi-layered aesthetic to a newly minted cosmetics range. The first drop—a 58-piece lipstick collection—rewires Hollywood glamour to suit his idiosyncratic vision of beauty. Gucci Beauty’s campaign shots are the perfect antidote to the airbrushed shots we’re usually exposed to - but why has it become such a talking point?

6 May 2019

Your New Best Mate

A relative newbie to the ever-expanding world of podcasts, we were first graced with a Mate. episode in September of last year. Since then, it's garnered a loyal following and comparisons to firm favourite, The High Low - albeit more Northern and all the more relatable. I had a chat with Sofie and Lara - the podcast's hosts - about how they met, the London-centric nature of creative industries and what they have coming up next; as well as their divine recommendations for what you should be listening to, reading, watching and eating this month...

     

29 April 2019

The Magazines You Should Be Reading

For so long an entrenched and untouchable part of everyday life, in recent years the immaculate face of the “glossy fashion magazine” has begun to sag a little. With millennial tastes and consumption habits shifting, the phone book-sized stacks of advertising, alien beauty standards and pervasive soullessness that once characterized such publications has slowly been pushed aside to make way for a new generation of forward-thinking titles with a more vibrant, youthful lean. My 2017 post detailing my favourite independent fashion magazines was due an update — these are some of my favourite fashion magazines in the world right now…


15 April 2019

The Deep End Club

Tennessee Thomas’ Deep End Club is a trippy time warp of flower-power peace and protest. The Los Angeles-based drummer, DJ and activist founded the club in 2013 as a space where artists and activists could work together to find creative solutions to the world’s problems. Raised on song lyrics and British rock, music is the long running thread through Tennessee’s career and life. Daughter of Pete Thomas, Elvis Costello’s long-time drummer, percussion came naturally to her. In childhood, she remembers “waking up to the sound of drumming” every morning. I caught up with Tennessee to talk music, fashion, the 60s and her personal evolution – stylistic and otherwise.

8 April 2019

Van Gogh's Forgotten Love Affair With Britain

Vincent Van Gogh arrived in London in 1873. Taking up residence in Stockwell and walking the daily commute across the river to Covent Garden and his work at the art dealership Goupils, he was, like most twenty year olds, wide-eyed, confused and disillusioned with the world of employment. Though at the time he had no aspirations of becoming an artist, it was this three year period in the capital that would inform his innermost sensibilities as both artist and person, and which provides the context for a re-exploration of his work for Tate Britain’s new exhibition, Van Gogh and Britain.


25 March 2019

Why The 1930s Are Having A Fashion Moment

The interwar period – an era often overlooked in favour of the vibrancy of the roaring '20s, the make-do-and-mend attitude of the '40s and the subsequent grandiosity of Christian Dior’s New Look – is a timely reference which has been creeping into the international collections of late. JW Anderson, Marine Serre, Paco Rabanne, Loewe, Olivier Theyskens, Alexa Chung, 16Arlington, Peter Pilotto, Roland Mouret and Preen were among those who tapped into the decade’s signature bias cuts, graphic argyles, luxe loungewear and caricature shoulders for AW19, namechecking '30s icons such as actress Marlene Dietrich, photographer Lee Miller (I've written a fair bit about her), and Ecstasy star and inventor Hedy Lamarr.

     

11 March 2019

Rough Trade, The Jack of All Trades

Last year, Rough Trade launched a new publishing arm. Describing itself as “bringing the same original spirit and radical direction” of the record label to the world of book publishing, the legendary label’s inaugural release was a collection of twelve pamphlets, the first in an ongoing series titled Rough Trade EditionsThe pocket-sized publications bring together the very highest calibre of artists, writers, poets, musicians, photographers, illustrators and thinkers, producing work relating to their relationship with the counterculture.

4 March 2019

When Old Meets New at Céline

Hedi Slimane’s sophomore collection for Celine, held in Paris last week, marked a definitive about turn: though there was plenty to suggest it had been in the fashion auteur’s plans all along. Gone was the dishevelled after-dark glamour of season one – itself reflecting the look he pioneered during his tenure at Saint Laurent – replaced with a riff on the demure dress codes of the 1970s and 80s Parisian bourgeois epitomised by Celine of the era, albeit in his own defiant style.