Music: Gossip’s New Album Artwork & Single Preview

Beth Ditto: new album cover for Gossip’s A Joyful Noise, plus listen to preview of single Perfect World.

Beth Ditto’s eerie green snake eyes, disjointed giant hand and cloak of velvety black hair provide a startling cover for Gossip’s forth coming “grown up and sad” album ‘A Joyful Noise’. With Mark Ronson and pop genius Brian Higgins (Kylie Minogue, Girls Aloud) behind production, fans will be treated to a reinvention of Gossip’s raw rocking-out passion and danceable beats. It’s been an almost 3 year wait since the band’s last album Music For Men, but in the mean time irresistibly bold front woman Beth Ditto has reminded the fashion industry that you can be big AND fabulous; featuring naked on the cover of the launch issue of fashion bible Love, designing two hit plus-sized ranges for Evans, walking the catwalk for Jean-Paul Gaultier at Paris Fashion Week and giving Vogue her straight up style tips, “Fat people look fab in Miu Miu. They just do.” To add another string to Ditto’s fashion bow, she launches a new makeup collaboration with MAC this summer. NME have dubbed Gossip “The greatest punk rock’n’roll disco soul band on the planet”, and after gaining a reputation as one of the best live shows around at Coachella, Glastonbury and the like, they’ve announced a second London headline show with tickets on sale now for London’s XOYO May 15th and Shepherd’s Bush Empire, July 5th. The first single from the new album is pop power ballad ‘Perfect World’, with Ditto sounding a bit like a young Patti Smith. It’s not released till May 6th but treat yourself to a listen below.Gossip - A Joyful Noise

 Gossip RankinDrummer Hannah Blilie, singer Beth Ditto & guitarist Nathan Howdeshell photographed by Rankin

Street Style: Shoreditch Shopping in Boxpark

Declaring itself the first pop-up mall and constructed entirely of shipping containers, Boxpark by Shoreditch High Street station was due a visit.

[dropcap]D[/dropcap]eclaring itself the first pop-up shopping mall and constructed entirely of shipping containers, Boxpark by Shoreditch High Street station was due a visit. With most of the boutique style shops taking up one container, they are of cosy proportions, but big enough to hold fitting rooms and helpful staff. If like me you get dizzy just thinking of entering Lakeside shopping centre, then Boxpark is the place for you. With hipster essentials OnePiece and Levi’s, food pit stops such as Pieminster and pin-up lingerie shop Playful Promises, there’s something for most folk. Preppy boys are well provided for with One True Saxon and Original Penguin amongst others, and there’s plenty of style inspiration to be found from visitors and staff alike.Rumesh Hussain, BoxparkRumesa Hussain from Ilford working at Lacoste. She wears a vintage skirt, tights h&m, River Island shoes, Zara jumper, Lacoste mens T-Shirt with a vintage bow tie.

Luke Ferris Boxpark

Luke Ferris - GolaLuke Ferris in the Gola shop wears head to toe vintage from The Vintage Store on Brick Lane & Doctor Marten shoes.

Siobhan Hogan BoxparkSiobhan Hogan, a clothes designer, wears dress, shirt and jacket, all vintage, scarf from ASOS and creepers from Underground. Her own clothing range Shop Floorwhore can be found on ASOS Marketplace.

Liv Montuori BoxparkLiv montuori works in Gola as well as designing her own range of clothes viewable at liv-montuori.com. She wears jumper from Monkey and vintage glasses.

Virgin Mary Boxpark‘Touch Me Gently I’m A Virgin’ in Playful Promises lingerie shop.

Boxpark Shoreditch

Mothers Day: Nostalgic Photo’s Of Mums In My Family

I remember looking through old photo’s as a kid and being so in awe of how polished and glamorous my Mum, Granny and Grandma looked, and moaning at my mum for not keeping more of her clothes to hand down to me and my sister.

As it’s Mothers Day on Sunday I wanted to celebrate the style of the Mothers in my family. I remember looking through old photo’s as a kid and being so in awe of how polished and glamorous my Mum, Granny and Grandma looked, and moaning at my mum for not keeping more of her clothes to hand down to me and my sister. Here they are all young and radiant…

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Margaret Bodsworth 70'sMy beautiful mum Margaret in the 1970’s

Irene Bodsworth Land ArmyMy late Grandma Rene in a photo taken when she was around 16 in her Land Army days. The photo was for her childhood sweetheart, my Granddad Ronald, taken when they still took black and white photos then coloured them in afterwards. She was tiny and a wonderful dress maker and embroiderer.

Jeanie-Lees SingletonMy hilariously funny and proudly Scottish Gran, Jeanie-Lees, who is going to be delighted when she sees this post! This pic was taken in the 1950’s when she was a passionate dancer and career woman, teaching at secretarial school and working as Thomas Cook’s PA.