Monday, 29 April 2013

Outfit of The Day - Eighties Revival



Topshop Jean
Primark Trainers
Primark Lace Crop Top
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Sunday, 28 April 2013

Fashion Fabulous Edition 3 Launch Party



Last week London’s number 1 independent shopping guide, Fashion Fabulous London launched its new guidebook for 2013....and boy is it revealing! 


The third edition of the consumer guide has singled out and reviewed the top shops in London. What has been described as the shopping equivalent to the Michelin Guide, is a must-have for all shopping lovers and will be my go to item for friends birthday presents for the foreseeable future, well until the next edition is out at least!


Tracy Rose and Russell Rose took on the huge task of compiling the book, taking it upon their fashionable selves to act as mystery shoppers in over one thousand retailers across our great and notoriously trendsetting capital city.  

At LFW there are a few people you spot every season that stand out amongst the chaotic bustle due to their double take factor. It is not a overstatement to say that Tracy has all eyes on her when she enters a show-space or fashion party.  Apart from exuding that intangible something special, her collection of colourful hats, which you could go as far to call sculptures,  have now become a trademark as well as a beacon of her presence.  I was quite appropriate that they should decorate the otherwise monochrome environment of the slick La Suite West on the launch night, which was filled with familiar faces connected with style, including those reviewed in the book.



One of Tracey's wonderful hats

The Book


This year’s Top 200 retailers named in Fashion Fabulous London include new entries from designer-run boutique Antoni & Alison in Farringdon and rising vintage outlet Emporium in Greenwich.


Once again, the West End tops the list of London districts with the most retailers in the Top 200, but new neighbourhoods have arrived in the Top 10 shopping districts.  Shepherd’s Bush, boosted by the presence of fashion destination Westfield London, now sits in the Top 10 ahead of Camden and Islington. Shoreditch has cemented its position as a fashion hotspot by ousting North Kensington from this year’s Top 10. I was personally described that people were so enamored with Westfield, as despite its welcome gimmicks (champagne bar for instance) and range of great shops, many of my experiences have boarded on hellish. Perhaps I need some tips from Russell and Tracey.


The changes in the guide’s Top 10 shopping districts reflect the increasing spread of quality retailers across London. Tracy Rose comments “The West End remains London and the UK’s retail heart. However, we found from our visits across the city that lavish outlets and high-end service is far from limited to the boutiques of Bond Street and Savile Row. We are finding that retailers further afield in the capital are increasingly improving the quality of the customer experience, even in the current economic climate.”


Shops that offered a personal touch to customers were highly commended by the pair. Tracy states, “We particularly enjoy the experience offered by designer-run boutiques, where the customer can meet the creators of the items on sale. Being myself both a fashion designer and an avid shopper, I appreciate how much consumers value knowing about how their clothes were made.” Not only does this provide useful information to shop owners and managers of the aspects that truly go into creating an altogether pleasurable shopping experience for the customer, but it might remind us online shoppers what we miss out on when we decide to give in to convenience/laziness and shop online rather than communicate/shop via the 3D world. 

I do wonder whether a chapter or whole book covering online stores might be the next move for the shopping experts.

How does it work?


Each of the top retailers reviewed in Fashion Fabulous London receive a rating out of 5 shopping bags on choice, service and wow factor.  But what is important is that past marks don't count, so consistency or improvement is necessary if you want to be a chuffed owner when reading your review. Predictably there were changes since the previous, edition, both good and bad. In service, Bond Street’s Prada store lost its five shopping bag rating while Primark on Oxford Street improved on its one shopping bag rating – both now having two shopping bags in the 2013 edition - surprising isn't it!?


What elevates the book from a just being a clinical list of ratings are the entertaining stories that Tracy and Russell have joyfully shared from their various visits. When I chatted to Russell he recounted Tracy's less than favorable experience at Alexander McQueen store, which really showed up another shoppers competitive streak, a feeling of envy which compelled her to snatch a shoe from the authors grasp . And I am sure Russell won't mind me saying that he doesn't exactly scream Camden, so I was tickled by his personal experience of the notoriously 'alternative' hub, and in particular Cyperdog. Anyone who has visited the multi sensory store will raise a smile when imagining Russell's wonderment when entering the raver's haven for the first time.


 Talking to Russell at the launch

Russell Rose comments, “We hope that this year’s guide will be the perfect companion for fashion-lovers looking for either high-end or high street shops. Whether you’re looking for shoes or handbags, we’ve taken the leg work out of finding the best stockists.”

Ok, so there is any argument that like most experiences that are critiqued, things can be personal and subjective, and that someone elses opinion may differ from Tracey and Russell's - but there is no denying they know their stuff. In my opinion if their hard work reviewing shops for these mini style bibles spurs shops to  improve, and more importantly help to eradicate those unpleasant 'Pretty Woman' type experiences, they can only be a good thing! 

Fashion Fabulous London will be on sale from 30 April 2013 at leading retailers nationwide including Harrods, Selfridges and Waterstones, and online from Amazon.
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Outfit of The Day - Ice Cream Sunday

Primark Jumper
Primark Shoes
Topshop Shorts  
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Saturday, 27 April 2013

My Interview with Mo Coppoletta of The Family Business Tattoo Shop



On Thursday I attended the bustling private view of The Other Art Fair. Jam packed with art of all kinds, it is a multi-sensory feast. Tattooist Mo Coppoletta had created limited edition prints for the event which were turned into human art during the evening. After he completed his final tattoo I grabbed him for a chat for my online show The Sleeve. Tomorrow is your last chance to pop down, hit the link below to find out more... please don't miss out!!  



www.theotherartfair.com

thesleevetv.com
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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Outfit of The Day - Book Launch Attire

Asos Flatforms
Zara Trousers
H&M Vest
Vintage necklace

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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Young Kato Announce video for debut single ‘Something Real’ and full UK headline tour



'Something Real' video - http://youtu.be/kqwQObbiLU4  

Today Young Kato have today unveiled the video for brand new single ‘Something Real’ (released June 3rd on BMG Records). If the band name doesn't strike an immediate chord, but like me you have a guilty pleasure in the form of Made In Chelsea, this band was the one performing on the show this series at the Barfly. I have a sneaking suspicion that their great live performance was the only genuine aspect to those scenes, considering I have never seen the Barfly looking that... well, posh!!

The new  video shows lead singer Tommy Wright  being dragged by a rope through the streets of the UK. Filmed on the coldest day of the year in a number of locations in the UK, the video reaches its climax on the Kent coastline in Denge, a former Airforce base where enormous concrete ‘ears’ were built to hear incoming aircraft during the 1920’s.
 
I won't give more away about the treatment, so you can enjoy the series of events yourself, but Tommy tweeted “I’ve gone through every pain in the book for this band,” “I’ve been pulled through the ocean, I nearly got hypothermia, I’ve been punched in the face, dragged along the concrete and had cuts in my shirt and through to my skin.”

Since the release of the critically acclaimed Young Kato EP in the summer of 2012, Young Kato have been touring the country, headling various shows and securing impressive support slots with the likes of Spector, Bastille, Swim Deep, We Are Scientists and Peace. The Young Kato EP hit #31 in the main iTunes album charts as well as breaking into the top 10 of the Alternative charts. and re-entered the album Top 40 for a second time this week. 

Already gaining national airplay from Absolute Radio for the single as well as being featured on 4 Music and Topman’s now must-have tastemaker Mixtape, Young Kato recently signed by BMG for both publishing and records and headed straight into the studio with a fistful of killer demos and producer Gordon Mills Jr.  With an average age of just 18, Young Kato have continued their knack of writing incredibly danceable, synth edged indie-rock and rapidly produced three potential singles in those first recording sessions. 

May/June Tour Dates are as follows: 

May:
21 Louisiana Bristol
22 O2 Academy2 Oxford
23 Red Room Nottingham 
24 Kasbah Coventry
25 The Leopard Doncaster
26 Also Known As Banbury 
27 O2 Academy3 Birmingham
28 O2 Academy Leicester
29 Sugarmill Stoke  

June:
1 Bury St Edmunds Hunter Club
2 Think Tank Newcastle
3 The Lemon Tree Aberdeen
4 Brudenell Leeds 
5 Islington Bar Academy London
6 Sound Control Manchester
7 The Compass Chester
8 Sneaky Pete’s Edinburgh  
10 The Boileroom Guildford
11 Joiners Southampton
12 Clwb Ifor Bach Cardiff
14 B Side, Bunters Truro
15 2 Pigs Cheltenham

Young Kato release ‘Something Real’ on June 3rd via BMG Records

'Something Real' video - http://youtu.be/kqwQObbiLU4
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IDIOM - NEW SINGLE


I have been mates with these lads for a while now, and they have been plugging away for years in this tough old music game. Deservedly their years of touring in the back of a sweaty van is paying off with an album on the way and a run of impressive performance dates over the next few months. If you want to see them do their thing live, which I must tell you is a sight to behold, you can see them at Takedown Festival, The Borderline, Download Festival and alongside Cancer Bats. Let's face it they have given you ample opportunities so there is no excuse! Get in the mood by purchasing their tremendous new single now! Video dropping soon!

So very proud!

DOWNLOAD THE NEW SONG HERE http://bit.ly/11wn34C
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Monday, 22 April 2013

Miles Kane – ‘Don’t Forget Who You Are’


The ever stylish Miles Kane is back June 3rd with his eagerly anticipated second LP ‘Don’t Forget Who You Are’ on Columbia Records, the follow-up to 2011’s acclaimed debut ‘Colour of the Trap’.

soundcloud - click to listen 
 
The 11-track album cements Miles Kane’s as a modern day rock n roller, the work positively brimming with anthems with his signature grimy guitar riffs and experimental tempo changes.
 
Produced by Ian Broudie (The Zutons, Echo and the Bunnymen) the record features co-writes with Broudie, as well as XTC’s Andy Partridge, Paul Weller and Kid Harpoon. The album is available in standard CD, vinyl and digital download and deluxe edition with three extra tracks which includes 2012’s Record Store Day release ‘First Of My Kind’ and ‘Start Of Something Big’, which was co-written with Weller and recorded with Miles’s band.
 
From the glam-rock inspired ‘Taking Over’, through the sing-along classic title track and next single which also impacts June 3rd ‘Don’t Forget Who You Are’ was an undisputed highlight of the NME Awards Tour in February.
 
Other highlights include ‘You’re Gonna Get It’ which was co-written and performed with Paul Weller at this year’s NME Awards, party-starter ‘Tonight’ and the Radio 1 A-Listed first single ‘Give Up’ – the latter both co-written with Kid Harpoon.
 
Miles says: “The one thing I wanted for the new album was that there had to be no fat on any of the songs. They needed to sound really lean. The blueprint for it, before I'd even gone for the rock n' roll and glam-rock vibe, was that it had to sound incredibly direct.”
 
Miles Kane will play 11 UK dates in May and June, with the album launch party taking place at London's Dingwalls on Friday June 7thMiles is also set to play the John Peel stage at Glastonbury this year with his stellar band; George Moran - rhythm guitar/backing vocals, Jay Sharrock - drums, Ben Parsons - Keys and Phillip Anderson – bass.
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Marathon - So proud of my bessie mate

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Outfit of The Day - vintage washer woman



Zara Trouser
Faith Wedge Sandals
American Apparel T-Shirt
Vintage Head Scarf 
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Friday, 19 April 2013

Outfit of the Day - “Neon shines through smokey eyes tonight, It's 2 AM, I'm drunk again, It's heavy on my mind...Excused me please, one more drink, Could you make it strong cause i don't need to think”




H&M Jumper
Empy Casket Necklace
Primark shorts
Chockers Boots 
Barry M Lipstick
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Episode 3 of The Sleeve is Live - Feat Zane Lowe, Dan Mumford and Bring Me The Horizon




Make sure you go and check out the brand spanking new website too.....

http://thesleevetv.com/


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Music that Matters in honour of Record Store Day



As my role as a blogger for Relentless energy drink I am often lead to ponder the music that matters to me and why. But when I am asked to recall the moment that drew me in to music I find it impossible to remember one significant day. To be honest I can’t remember a time when music wasn’t a part of my daily life in some respect. As a very young child I remember my heart racing with joy when I unwrapped my bright blue Disney Banjo, spending time making various percussive instruments out of cups and various cereal grains and seeds, playing a rather wobbly version Frere Jacques in primary school recorder group, and making up my own cheekier lyrics to those pat a cake clap games. 

But as I have found from interviewing musicians, of all genres, early listening seems to be largely dictated by parents or grandparents tastes - the records being played shaping the offspring’s future musical outputs and playlists, or one way or another pushing them to discover their own preferences. When I was young we didn’t have access to the likes of YouTube to trawl for new talents. I also wasn’t yet experiencing bands live via festivals. So aside from the chart selections shown on Top of The Pops, my musical osmosis was predominantly courtesy of family car journeys to see my grandparents. Both sets lived two hours away in Weymouth and Leicester, so many weekends were spent in the back of the car, which seemed an eternity as a youngster with a nervous bladder and in aggravating confinement with a jibing older brother . 

Although there were some questionable tapes in my Dads glove box, ‘Manilow Magic’ may or may not fall into this category, there were many albums that I still listen to and enjoy today - and not just for their nostalgic credentials. Fleetwood Mac and Eurythmics encouraged car sing-a-longs, Dire Straights and Queen’s Greatest Hits even stirred my first instinctive air guitar. Some of these tapes also provoked challenging conversations when my parents shared stories about the lives of the performers, some which shocked, some which surprised, and others that saddened. But one of my favourite albums from the hit and miss pick ‘n’ mix of Dad’s glovebox, was a Motown compilation, featuring the likes of Smokey Robinson, The Temptations and Marvin Gaye. This album would be my introduction to the young vocals of Michael Jackson. As well as the Jackson Five song ‘I’ll Be There’ an extremely tender track called Ben by a solo14 years old Michael also featured. At the time I thought it was the most touching of songs, Michaels tone and words of camaraderie utterly heart-wrenching. The realization that the subject of the song was in fact a Rat slightly detracted. In spite of this my love for Michael Jackson was cemented

So, my first proper concert set the bar high. Not only was it in the vast space of the old Wembley Stadium, it was the man-boy himself, Michael Jackson. I was on the cusp of that difficult hormonal age where my parents every move would make me grind me teeth and get flushed with fury and embarrassment. However, the thrill of the occasion, was on the whole, raging enough to override the cringe factor. My parents relentlessly shooting  disapproving looks to the nearby concert goers that ‘dared’ to stand in the seated area definitely irked enough that I  can feel my internal eye roll till this day.
Although I can’t remember all of the finer details of the concert I remember how big a deal it was and the feeling I had when Michael arrived after the oddly low rent support act. I can still hear the crescendo of the crowds when he emerged in his various outlandish outfits, like that now iconic gold and silver metallic suit. And let’s face it, it isn't every day you see someone appear out of a space rocket.


His unrivaled ability to fuse genres, his stage-man-ship and star quality, his amazing riffs and dance inducing beats, his lyrical messages and tear inducing vulnerability, are just some of the things that lifted him to legendary status. And while his influence on artists like Justin Timberlake is transparent, there are no genre limits when it comes to his appeal and impact (only last week he was brought up in my interview with Bring Me The Horizon). I am confident  he will remain an unreachable benchmark, and continue to play a part in the foundations of musicians for decades to come. 

Although many are far too quick to tell me that History wasn’t his best tour or musical era (I think this mainly comes from bitterness), and although I can’t pick out this concert purely on the merit of its stage theatrics when considering that productions are common and probably technically superior now, my ticket stub from the 1997 show is the one I still look at now and think how very lucky I was to have been there. Some artists are just special, that's it. 

































“To check out some of Relentless’ favourite moments in music ahead of record store day go tohttp://www.relentlessenergy.com/features/six-singles-that-changed-the-world.html

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Thursday, 18 April 2013

RELENTLESS ANNOUNCE THREE ARTISTS FOR 2013 - Professor Green, Zane Lowe and Pure Love

 


As you know I spent a lot of last year working on projects with the brand, including covering their many great gigs and festival. One assignment included being in the audience for Pro Greens TV Advert . He continues his collaboration in 2013, but we also see the addition of a renowned broadcaster and DJ in Zane Lowe and a brilliant live act in the shape of the duo Pure Love.
Each of these artists perfectly reflects Relentless Energy Drink’s ‘No Half Measures’ attitude and share the brands dedication to music that truly matters. Each of them will be appearing in the brand new Relentless TV advert, as well as performing at Relentless LIVE, an exclusive gig for competition winners taking place at the end of the year.

Both Zane Lowe and Pure Love give us an insight to the Music that Matters to them:
I'll be blogging more about this very soon... including my own interviews with the team.



   





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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

The Great Gatsby Soundtrack Sampler!!



The highly eclectic soundtrack features songs performed by such artists as Beyoncé x André 3000; Fergie + Q Tip + GoonRock; Coco O. of Quadron, Gotye; Nero; and Sia.  Moviegoers will also recognize a few favorites with a new twist, such as Jack White’s interpretation of U2’s “Love Is Blindness,” Beyoncé x André 3000 collaborating on Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black,” and Bryan Ferry’s new take on a couple of classics: his own “Love Is The Drug,” and, with Emeli Sandé, Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love.”  New songs by Florence + The Machine, Lana Del Rey, Nero, will.i.am and The xx were written for scenes in the film, and appear on the soundtrack.

Tracklist:
1.       Bang Bang – will.i.am (0:01)
2. A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got) – Fergie, Q Tip & GoonRock (0:31)
3. Young And Beautiful – Lana Del Rey (1:01)
4. Love Is The Drug – Bryan Ferry with The Bryan Ferry Orchestra (1:32)
5. Over The Love – Florence & The Machine (2:03)
6. Where The Wind Blows – Coco O. of Quadron (2:33)
7. Crazy in Love – Emeli Sandé and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra (3:04)
8. Together – The xx (3:34)
9. Hearts A Mess – Gotye (4:06)
10. Love Is Blindness – Jack White (4:35)
11. Into the Past – Nero (5:06)
12. Kill and Run – Sia (5:36)


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Outfit of the Day - Slick Rick


I thought I'd give the wet look hair trend a go today, mainly because I opted not to shower despite the fact my hair had gone past the point of being acceptable on the grease level front. 
To go with this beauty trend I thought a body con dress would most effecting in creating an overall sleek/slick look. 
Dress by Motel (from ASOS)
I don't think this look is for me as I have a natural blonde hairline - fellow blondes will know what I mean! 
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Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Outfit of the Day - Rockabilly


River Island Shirt   
Topshop Jeans
Urban Outfitters Shoe-boots
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Sunday, 14 April 2013

Outfit of the Day - Scuba Style


Dress - Motel Rocks SALE - £11
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Outfit of the day - velvet crush


H&M Black Polo Neck
Empty Casket Necklace 
Vintage Velvet Dress
Levis Sleeveless Denim Shirt
Chockers Boots 
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Wednesday, 10 April 2013

RELENTLESS KERRANG! AWARDS CELEBRATES ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY WITH NEW VENUE AND HOST




AWARDS TO TAKE PLACE AT THE TROXY, EAST LONDON ON THURSDAY 13 JUNE


POP PUNK LEGEND MARK HOPPUS JOINS SCOTT IAN TO HOST


OPEN VOTING BEGINS TODAY!!




 
Kerrang! Magazine – the UK’s biggest selling music weekly – has today announced that this year’s Relentless Kerrang! Awards will be celebrating its 20th anniversary with a brand new venue and co-host! Renowned East London venue the Troxy will host this year’s Awards on Thursday 13 June, giving the event a classic edge and extra spark for its 20th year!


To celebrate the 20th anniversary and to help christen the new venue, Kerrang! is thrilled to announce that pop punk legend and former Blink 182 member Mark Hoppus will debut his hosting skills at this year’s event. Mark will join Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian (who has co-hosted for the last five years) to hold court on the night and to ensure the Awards get off to a debaucherous and legendary initiation at The Troxy.


"I'm always excited about hosting the Relentless Kerrang! Awards but this year I am not only excited but also honoured to be hosting the 20th anniversary of this prestigious event” says Scott Ian. “And by prestigious event I mean an excessive over-the-top over-indulgent bacchanalian blowout of epic proportions. And I have a new co-host this year, my pal Mark Hoppus. Let's party!”


Open voting for the Relentless Kerrang! Awards starts today via www.kerrang.com and Kerrang! Magazine, giving rock fans the chance to put forward their suggestions for a number of exciting categories, including a new one for 2013 – Best Event.  Other categories include Best International Newcomer (presented by The Troxy), Best Single, Best Video, Best Album, Best Live Band (presented by Relentless), and Best International Band (presented by Impericon).


“It’s been a thrilling year for the music Kerrang! loves,” says Kerrang! Editor James McMahon. “Whether on a global scale, or at a grass roots level, rock has thrived in the twelve months that have passed since the last time we all got together in a room and acted like lawless barbarians. It’s for this reason that our awards exist. To bestow praise and reward on music which matters, which so rarely gets acclaim from outside its own scene. I can’t wait to see who the fans – who are the bedrock of everything good about everything Kerrang! does – vote to gain immortality this year!”


Relentless Energy Drink will headline sponsor the event for the 5th year.  Commenting on the partnership, Sam Grant from Relentless said, “Relentless and Kerrang! both stand for great music that matters and we’re looking forward to rewarding those special creators and performers that embody it by being part of the greatest night in rock.”


Renowned as one of the most exciting and rock ’n’ roll events in the UK music industry calendar, the Relentless Kerrang! Awards always attracts the biggest and best names in rock & metal and is committed to putting on an unforgettable evening. Open voting for the awards will close on 3 May.


Relentless Kerrang! Awards Categories:


Best British Newcomer presented by Old J Spiced Rum
Best International Newcomer presented by Troxy
Best Single
Best Album
Best Video
Best Live Band presented by Relentless
Best International Band presented by Impericon
Best British Band
Best TV Show
Best Video Game
Best Film
Best Comedian
Tweeter Of The Year
Hottest Female
Hottest Male
Best Festival
Best Event


www.relentlessenergy.com and www.kerrang.com
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