Music: 1914s Out To Play In East London

Playlisted on BBC Radio 6 Music, 1914s are to release Never Before, infusing dance, rock and electronic beats with an in-your-face melody. See their striking identikit video…

1914s band in Clapton[dropcap]A[/dropcap]fter biding their time as regular fixtures on London’s live music scene and performing at the likes of Glastonbury, 1914s are to release their energetic debut single.  Titled ‘Never Before’, the track was recently playlisted on Amazing Radio and BBC Radio 6 Music, infusing dance, rock and electronic beats with an in-your-face melody. Never Before’s striking identikit video was shot in the grand ballroom of a former old-peoples home and features moving images of the band in various form of costume and dramatic make-up, sliced up and put back together again to an eery effect, see below. Described as ‘Crystal Castles meets Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Kills’, Jimi and Josephyn double up on instruments; with Jimi’s rip-roaring bass and lead guitar and Josephyn’s warped keyboards and buzzing synths alongside lead singer Shay’s powerful ultra-alto vocals. The creative trio also host ‘COUP!’, a regular East London indoor music and art festival that allows artists to come together in a frenzy of vintage clothes, cakes and jewellery stalls, alongside performing bands, poets and DJ’s. The next one is in place of the missing Glastonbury on Saturday 23rdJune at Dalston’s Hysteria. See our photos of 1914s out to play in Stoke Newington…

Never Before will be launched at Camden’s Lock Tavern, Wednesday 23rd May. The single will be available as a self-released download.

1914's band

1914's band

1914's band

1914's band

Evening Standard London Look: Shay’s Tartan Cardigan

Shay is in cardigan heaven with this tartan mohair number, doing Stepford Wife and punk all rolled into one with her undercut hair and leather A-line skirt.

Shay is in cardigan heaven with this tartan mohair number, working Stepford Wife and punk all rolled into one with her undercut hair and leather A-line skirt. She wears cardigan from Mint Vintage in Covent Garden, leather skirt from Episode in Camden, a vintage bag, Office wedge shoes and a ring from a glass shop in Venice. Shay is lead singer in the band 1914s. Picture featured in Evening Standard’s London Looks.

Shay 1914's

Street Style: Anna Wild In Alexander McQueen & Thrift Store Gems

Make-up artist Anna Wilde in Alexander McQueen & San Francisco thrift.

Make-up artist Anna Wild rocked her vibrant look at East London bargain haven, Stoke Newington car boot fair. She wears biker boots from a thrift store in San Francisco, Levi’s shorts, Alexander Mcqueen t-shirt, vintage jacket from Beyond Retro and tights & necklace from Topshop, topped off with a slick of red lippy. Anna is a make-up artist and blogs about her work and creative inspiration on Wild Styles Make Up Games.Anna Wilde

V&A Museum Opens Fashion Gallery With Ballgown Extravaganza

V&A museum reopens the doors to it’s grand domed Fashion Gallery on Saturday with Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950, an exhibition of more than 60 ballgowns from the 1950’s to today.

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he V&A museum reopens the doors to it’s grand domed Fashion Gallery on Saturday with Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950, an exhibition of more than 60 ballgowns from the 1950’s to today.

Such spectacular creations, once worn by young maidens at their coming out balls, at post-war Britain’s lavish balls, and later in the 1980’s at fashionable charity balls, are today more popular for red carpets and cat walks. Providing much glossy magazine fodder for the rest of us making do with rentals or high street copy’s for our special occasions. Now V&A are inviting us to lust after such opulence in the flesh, with headline making pieces such as Princess Diana’s ‘Elvis Dress’ and gowns worn by Sandra Bullock, Elizabeth Hurley and Bianca Jagger. According to V&A, “There is a strong British design tradition of creating sumptuous ballgowns, one that has been upheld in the late 20th and 21st centuries through the work of designers such as Hardy Amies, Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen. The exhibition covers more than 60 years of a tradition that continues to flourish.”

Ballgowns is largely made up of pieces from the V&A’s collection, also designated as the UK’s National Collection, and has one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of dress in the world. Covering two floors, the exhibition shows old and current designs for social events such as royal state occasions, debutante balls, opening nights, catwalk shows and red carpet events by a range of  designers from Ossie Clark and Catherine Walker to Alexander McQueen and Mary Katrantzou. Innovative designer Gareth Pugh has created a stunning metallic leather dress especially for the exhibition. Expect some spectacular features such as a stylised ‘ballroom’ space with around 30 evening gowns on open display under spectacular pavilions surrounded by oversized pearls, and unusual interpretations such as a latex gown by Atsuko Kudo. It’s enough to make me want to repeat my freshers ball, but this time with a Vivienne Westwood on, and no puking.

You can own your own piece of Great British Fashion for just £6 by way of a Royal Mail stamp set. Commissioned by the V&A, it includes designs from Hardy Amies and Vivienne Westwood, see below.

Vivienne Westwood
Victoria and Albert Museum – 19 May 2012 – 6 January 2013

First Aid Kit: Live UK Dates Announced For The Summer

Get your Paisley prints ready as the Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit hit our airwaves

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]weden has a solid history of popping out inspiring musicians, from super troupers Abba to synth-poppers Little Dragon; and First Aid Kit’s folk harmonies are the latest Scandinavian triumph.First Aid Kit Recent single ‘Emmylou’, which name-checks such greats as Gram Parsons, Johnny Cash, June Carter and of course Miss Harris, makes me want to joyfully drape myself in Paisley and run barefoot through woodlands, preferably with a tin whistle, see video below for inspiration. Comprising of doe-eyed sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg, First Aid Kit’s nostalgic vocals sound somewhere in between Dolly Parton and Fleet Foxes, the latter with whom they performed after a YouTube video of them covering ‘Tiger Mountain Peasant Song’ became a hit. After capturing the attention of The White Stripes front man Jack White and collaborating with him on his Third Man Records series, the duo wowed at this years Coachella festival, and are supporting White at his sold out Brixton Academy show in June. Festival dates to follow include Latitude, Bestival and End of the Road ahead of a headline UK tour in November. With the likes of Patti Smith and Lykke Li falling over themselves to declare their shared admiration for them, it is a given that 2012 will be First Aid Kit’s.

First Aid Kit play live in London, Manchester, Glasgow and Bristol this November.

See performance of their next single ‘Blue’ in an acoustic session for Vogue, out June 18th 2012:

Street Style: Zodie Myles in Kensington Gardens

Zodie from Peckham in her tomboy trilby hat & boots with an injection of colour from her vintage blouse.

Zodie Myles is pictured in Kensington Gardens on her lunch break. From Peckham, she works as a personal stylist for Urban Outfitters. She wears a vintage blouse, tube skirt from Primark, vintage brogue boots from Peckham Rye Market and trilby hat and jewellery from Urban Outfitters.

Zodie Myles

Hermès: Exhibition Launch & Francesca Willi With Her Birkin

Leather Forever opened at The Royal Academy Galleries, see Francesca snapped on Kings Road with her Hermès Birkin bag.

French high fashion brand Hermès launched an exhibition at The Royal Academy Galleries in London this week, taking the visitor on a journey through it’s history, from it’s establishment as a saddlery in 1837 in Paris by Thierry Hermès, to it’s iconic lusted-after bags, scarves and accessories today. “We are celebrating our 175th year, it’s the Queen’s Jubilee and the Olympics and Hermès wanted to be part of this cultural festival and stage our own event.” Crafts people from the Hermès workshops in Paris can take 18 to 24 hours to produce one bag solo, and are to demonstrate the art of leather working live within the exhibition. Visitors will also get to see four one-of-a-kind versions of Hermès Passe-Guide handbags designed as a tribute to the United Kingdom and Ireland.Francesca WilliOut on West London’s Kings Road we snapped Francesca Willi, girlfriend of rugby player James Haskell, with her classic Hermès Birkin handbag. She’s pictured here looking remarkably fresh after just completing a triathlon wearing her Hermès bag, Beck Sonder Gaard scarf, maxi dress from Miss Selfridge, Urban Outfitters sandals and Ray Ban aviator sunglasses. See more Hermès street style.

The Leather Forever exhibition runs 8—27 May 2012, The Royal Academy Galleries, 6 Burlington gardens, London W1. Free entry.