Paloma’s rise from Reebok Classics to fashion icon and a taste of her new album
[dropcap]P[/dropcap]aloma Faith’s style evolution from Reebok Classics to fashion icon, and her exciting comeback lined up for the summer.
Aside from securing her place as a fashion icon and her venture into acting alongside Jude Law and Lily Cole in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Paloma Faith has become one of the ultimate on-stage performers. Watching her on tour in 2010, she sang lines such as “Can you love me right, me and my cellulite?”, entertaining the audience between songs with her wicked sense of humour, her petite hourglass frame in an array of theatrical 1940’s inspired outfits. She returns to the stage this summer and wrote Fall To Grace with live performances in mind, including the closing night of the celebrated ‘Summer Series’ at London’s Somerset House this July.
Her fashion and music style have developed alongside each other; Paloma told The Guardian; “I grew up in London, and as a teenager I changed my look every four months. I was a hippy, then I started wearing Reebok Classics. Then came the hip-hop and ragga, a gold nose ring, and my hair done in little curls plastered to the side of my face. I got my souly voice when I was into UK garage, wearing Patrick Cox loafers and lots and lots of Morgan de Toi. I got heavily into Nubian culture, and wore beads and African-print headwraps. Then vintage, with Manish Arora and Zara thrown in. My wardrobe is full of costumes. I find it hard not to dress for show, but at home I’ll be in 40s men’s trousers and braces. The coal-miner look.”
Paloma brings us the next installation of her retro-reflected soul pop, with emotionally stripped-bare new album ‘Fall To Grace’. Featuring strings and gospel-choir backed single ‘Picking Up The Pieces’ (see video below), alongside the disco throb of ‘Blood, Sweat and Tears’ and the giddy dance pulse of ‘Agony’. On the twinkling pop of ’30 Minute Love Affair’, she recounts a true experience, a fleeting meeting with a busker in London’s Leicester Square when she was fourteen. “I asked him if he’d be there the next day and he said he would. When I went back he was gone and I’ve never forgotten it.” The album was created in 2011 with producers Nellee Hooper (Bjork) and Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran) whilst Paloma was also hanging out with none other than Prince, who picked her to perform at the NPG Music and Arts Festival in Copenhagen last summer. “I wasn’t just supporting him, he was teaching me,” says Paloma. “He made me watch all the other acts and gave me little lessons. I was completely bowled over. It began as, let’s do a gig, and it turned into spending the weekend with Prince. That was a real turning point for me. I was in the middle of writing the new record and when I left for the festival I felt I’d got to the top of a certain ladder, but when I went home I felt like I was on the bottom of a new ladder. It was scary because I’m at the bottom of something, but I felt that with his encouragement, I could go out there and achieve something.”
Paloma’s next gig is at Ipswich Regent Theatre, tickets from Live Nation. ‘Fall To Grace’ is released May 28, preceded by the single ‘Picking Up The Pieces’ on May 20.
Get that Winter wardrobe back out of the attic and embrace the Spring freeze in style, as demonstrated by talented fashion designer Ayako Ohori.
As Winter’s back like an unwelcome house guest this April, we might as well unpack our shearlings and embrace it. Here’s Ayako Ohori, a talented London fashion designer, in her cosy vintage sheepskin. She’s pictured here whilst shopping in Spitalfields wearing her sheepskin coat, vintage shorts, hat from Tokyo and Office shoes. See one of her designs in As You Are magazine.
Natasha Rose pictured on Garden Walk during a Purified Footwear photography exhibition in Space 54, Shoreditch, wearing Vivienne Westwood leather jacket & Hudson boots.
One of the most joyful characters one is likely to meet is Natasha Rose; and styling rock bands and creating outlandish cupcakes are just a couple of the string’s on her bow. Here she is wearing a Vivienne Westwood leather jacket, Zara dress, Topshop necklace and tights and Purified boots. She was pictured on Garden Walk during a Purified Footwear photography exhibition in Space 54, Shoreditch. Natasha is crazy about heritage British designers such as Westwood; and she works for London shoe makers Hudson, whose contemporary designs have heavy classic British influences.
Take members of the Made In Chelsea cast, some Brokers Gin cocktails, mix in some Andy Bumpus art installations & add a sprinkling of DJ Goldirocks disco tunes and you get the launch of Wolf & Badger’s second concept NEWGEN store in West London.
[dropcap]W[/dropcap]olf & Badger opened the doors to it’s second London boutique this week with a launch party showcasing their range of independent fashion. Welcomed to Wolf & Badger by perfectly styled but non-intimidating guest-list ladies, we were served Brokers Gin cocktails while we checked out the clobber to a soundtrack of classic disco from miss DJ Goldirocks. Attendees provided style inspiration in bucket loads with ladies in metallics and girly spring pastels, plenty of neat preppy men in chunky specs, and much of the cast of Made In Chelsea. The shop features the best NEWGEN designers of recent years including Lou Dalton, J.JS Lee, Bora Aksu and Jean-Pierre Braganza. From shiny candy coloured Lu Flux rain macs to four figure Mark Fast crochet dresses, there are treats to suit a range of budgets. Down in the basement there were no clothes to be found but instead a clean no-fuss gallery space, available for rent on a daily or weekly basis. The walls were illuminated by Andy Bumpus’s animations and prints of his distinct fashion illustrations.
Wolf & Badger provide ‘serviced retail’ space to new designers, helping to launch and promote up and coming names. The unique concept was created by co-founders, brothers Henry and George Graham, (pictured below) when they realised they could provide a fully serviced space to designers for over a month for the same price as a weekend stall in Portobello Market. George explains “We saw an opportunity to provide a sustainable platform to help develop and grow exciting new designer labels into recognised luxury brands. In doing so, we not only developed a much needed support infrastructure for talented designers, but also created an innovative and constantly evolving retail environment that has become a firm favourite amongst shoppers.”
Henry continues “We wanted to help develop the careers of designers we believe are the faces to watch. We both feel it is incredibly important to support and nurture the most talented brands of tomorrow.”
Wolf & Badger Dover Street’s big brother opened in Notting Hill in 2010. Nicknamed ‘The Lab’, it’s a dynamic space that acts as an incubator for new and semi-established brands including (past and present) Irwin & Jordan, Felder Felder, Jean Pierre Braganza, Jasper Garvida and jewellers Maria Francesca Pepe, Tomasz Donocik and Samuel Gassmann. The interior’s of Wolf & Badger Notting Hill and the new flagship Dover Street space have been designed by Augustus Brown, the interior architect who designed the Porto Montenegro boutiques as well as the Wolf & Badger Selfridges pop-up in 2010.
Wolf & Badger Dover Street store launch party, in London, Wednesday 18th April. Street style from the guests in attendance.
Wolf & Badger launched their new Dover Street store on Wednesday with a friendly and stylish crowd in attendance. Two of the well turned out ladies at the bash were friends Julia Dias and Lauren Bowker. Julia is a designer and creator of Culietta jewellery and Lauren is an eco-textile designer for PHNX Company. Impressively, Lauren created the worlds first pollution absorbing dye and also the UV reactive installation in Wolf & Badger’s window, made from a plume of leaf skeletons pictured in the background below. See more of our pics and news from the Wolf & Badger store launch.
Julia Dias in vintage jacket & kimono, Sam Edelman shoes, Zara jeans & headpiece from her own Culietta range
Lauren Bowker wears a head scarf from a vintage shop in Romania, her nans Jaeger coat and a vintage dress.
Pictured on her way to an audition at a circus centre wearing vintage, fancy dress shop bargains & Kurt Geiger.
Lottie Waldon-Day from Hampstead Heath was on her way to an audition at a circus centre when she was pictured at Aske Gardens just off Old Street. The 22 year old performing artist wears a blazer, T Shirt and 70’s print skirt all vintage from Paris, broderie anglaise pantaloons from a costume shop sale and her beloved Kurt Geiger polka dot shoes. She has lot’s of fun with her style and describes her look as day to day fancy dress. Also featured in Evening Standard’s London Looks.
From his sunnies to his Dr Martens, Alex wears head to toe charity shop perfection
Alex wears leather biker jacket, cut off T-shirt and Levi’s, sunglasses and Dr Marten boots, all from charity shops. He’s pictured in Dalston where he lives and works as a waiter. As featured in Evening Standard’s London Looks.