Beyoncé - 4
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Bassike
The name of this label has been interpreted in many ways; from 'bass-seekey' to 'base-ike', but the correct way describes exactly what this label is about: BASIC. Bassike delivers easily breezily cut staples with an interesting little twist that keeps them from being your run of the mill. For those that live in climates like that of Australia (where Bassike hails from) or Brazil, you'll know how easy it is to make fashion faux pas when the weather gets hot and the prospect of wearing anything but a bathing suit becomes slightly unappealing; Bassike is all and everything you need.
Game of Thrones
Before watching HBO's Game of Thrones, I assumed the series would tend a bit more towards the blood-dripping Danish movie Valhalla Rising rather than fairy-tale stories a lá 'Lord of the Rings'; and for that I didn't really like the series at the beginning. But slowly, I found myself submitting to tales of bad kings, midget juggernauts, savage warriors and... dragons. And that happened probably because there aren't exactly good guys and bad guys here, like there are in Tolkien stories - and that is, of course, a simplification of his work. Another reason I relented to this series is because of the intriguing political backstage element that leads to the ever-happening dance of thrones. Oh, and did I mention the gratuitous nekkid-ness?
The Norfolk // Sydney, Australia
Of the slew of new spots having opened up in Sydney in the last six months, The Norfolk on Cleveland St in Surry Hills has been one fated with success. Owned by some of the same kids that have brought The Flinders back to life (and currently, it's incredibly quick onset of 'The Norms'), you'll undoubtedly find The Norfolk rammed with all kinds, vying for a bite, a beer and a spot in the garden out back. The aim of the game is to cultivate Aussie pub culture at it's best; and it's doing a pretty decent job so far - if only you could get a table!
Super Sad True Love Story
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Hannah Marshall's Fierce AW // 09
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Ferocious

 

Hannah Marshall is one of my favourite new young designers from London. There is only one word for her eponymous label: FIERCE.

 

Her angular little black dresses are the James Bond of the LBD world; provocative, body conscious and effortlessly ooze a power that hint at fetish. AW 09 sees Marshall continuing her architecturally influenced tailoring. Not for the fainthearted, Hannah Marshall's severe silhouette is for the femme fatale. Nothing is excessive in this collection, every piece is precisely tailored, every contour and panel a necessity. The pointed shoulders, breastplates and padding can only be described as armour for the modern warrioress.

 

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The super slick neo-goth chic of Ipso Facto have a kindred spirit in Hannah Marshall, and the uber styled trio are recently rarely seen out of their Hannah Marshall threads. In fact, she kitted them out for the vid of their single 'Six and Three Quarters' last year, so they provided the live soundtrack for Hannah's LFW show. Jealous. 

 

Ipso Facto - Six and Three Quarters

Manflesh bared for Romain Kremer's AW // 09
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Yay for see-through plastic!

 

I'm on such a see-through plastic tip of late; I feel like it's a weirdly sterile kind of kinky.

 

Romain Kremer's collection for AW 09 delivers this, and also has a touch Henry Holland's paint sample colour blocking, but executed with much more humor and imagination in construction. The ultimate for 'prawns' (hot body, but too bad about the head) and when you're having a bad face day, Kremer's collection gives us see through plastic panelling that both excites and amuses. His used a tri-colour palette of black, bubblegum pink and caramel, styled with squares of man-flesh under the see through plastic segments. I'm loving the idea of outerwear that doesn't obscure the outfit (or body) beneath.

 

There is more than a breath of the androgynous about the pieces; whether it be in the mirts (manskirts), bared midriffs (traditionally an area only exposed in womenswear as such), or the softly curving hemlines and seams (as well as Balenciaga-esque hourglass shaped coat thrown into the mix) that are juxtaposed with the blocky, unfussy and almost clunky panelling.

 

Kremer's catwalk show was styled by Nicola Formichetti, who then pulled him in to be responsible for Fischerspooner's wardrobe on the cover / video for their forthcoming album 'Entertainment' with utterly fabulous results.

 

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Hey up all you leggy types

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Rodarte at Opening Ceremony!

 

Hey up all you story legged types! So leggings by now, are a staple in near everybody’s day-to-day-to-night wardrobes. American Apparel made that little trend into a stayer with their rainbow of a range, and I have to admit, that I’m a total feeder of that particular movement, despite my distaste at the hipster aftertaste. But wait a minute, these ain’t no leggings - these are footless lazer cut leather thigh highs! These Rodarte creations have just been freshly delivered to Opening Ceremony (who now also finally have an ONLINE store! *dies*).

 

There is, though, the danger of less than slender pins looking like Christmas ham in these leg wraps (available in black, white and tan), which you can put on via a zip, up the back of the leg for a super fit.

 

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Pics via Opening Ceremony's squealworthy online store and their Facebook page.

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Fischerspooner Entertainment Teaser

 

Fischerspooner and fashion have ever been two things that have gone together hand in hand. And for their forhcoming album 'Entertainment', they hooked up with Dazed and Confused's fashion genius Nicola Formichetti, who also brought in the super talented Romain Kremer to the table for wardrobe (yet another designer on board the Britney tour - it seems the question is, who HASN'T designed anything for it?).

 

The deal was to combine elements of Vaudeville, Kabuki and 60s-era U.S. Space Program to express their ideas for this album.

 

What a team. What a teaser. If only I could figure out a way to recreate that amazing headpiece - BEYOND.

 

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The cover


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Ann Zombie Back AW // 09
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Ann Zombie Back

 

Teen slasher Halloween stereotypes is the direction that Ann Sofie Back went this A/W 09, channelling horror films such as the Poltergeist, Nightmare on Elm Stree and Carrie amongst others. Big, ungainly stitching is a feature, reminiscent of the techniques used to sew Frankenstein-esque creatures together and at the same time manages to also suggest the traditional American Indian influences of dreamcatchers; which are strewn with feathers, dangling as accessories from ears and as faux skirts.

 

There's a distinctly 90's feel in the shape of the trousers, new romantic style cuffs, the Freddy Kruger style hats and in the shredded, slashed and cleanly bleached out denim. Those, alongside the snake lace, feathers and zips all combine together in a wholly satisfying way that will certainly ensure you'll be the chicest zombie on the block wearing this collection.

 

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Karen O - (total) Knock Out

 

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Karen O in Knock Out 'Flatte Black'

 

For some years now have dark nails been liberated from the confines of the emo/goth/punk domain. O.P.I.'s best selling favourite Lincoln Park in the Dark has been a staple for fashionistas (and my humble fingertips for so long that I feel oddly naked without it) for seasons and seasons - as long as they are neatly kept, generally with the super glossy finish that suggested your, well, super glossy finish.

 

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My new Matte love?

 

But ahoy! Times are a-changing and an era of matte finishes for me at least, is dawning. I've been feeling the pull of switching colours but Mike Potter (famous for his work with Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and his Knock Out Cosmetics have come to ween me from the safety blanket of my ubiquitous dark purple varnish. Presenting a new capsule collection of smooth matte colours of Flatte Black, Powder, Calamine and Karen, (a foxy red named in honour of the beyond ridonkulously fabulous Karen O) Knock Out is going to cause me to cheat on Lincoln [Park in the Dark].

Ladyhawke in CTRL for April
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It's Ladyhawke, innit.

Photograph by Matt Irwin 

 

Topman has been giving emerging fashion designers a leg up in the industry via MAN, the only menswear show on schedule at London Fashion Week. Each season a panel of important industry types choose a line up of designers to showcase their collections alongside Topman Design. Topman has turned it's attention to music and CTRL is their platform.

 

Last month it was Metronomy, and this month Ladyhawke is curating Topman's CTRL series, having chosen Marina and the Diamonds, Dan Black and Fan Death for her gig. Here's the lady herself telling us a bit about it all, exclusively for IM//UR.

 

Ladyhawke in CTRL

 

The gig is on the 30th of April at Manchester's Deaf Institute. In the meantime, speaking of Fan Death, here's the sexily dark remix they did of Ladyhawke's 'My Delirium':

 

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Surface 2 Air 2009 Fall/Winter Collection
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Surface 2 Air FW // 09

 

The kids from the multi-mad-skilled Surface 2 Air have released their fall // winter collection for 09, delivering their usual French sophisti-chic. Comprised of a neutral colour palette of soft caramel, warm greys and a chocolatey charcoal punctuated with blood orange, the 09 collection for the southern hemisphere’s FW is classic without being staid or dated. Ever modern but always by-passing trends, Surface 2 Air have dropped another solid collection. Take a sneak peak at the lookbook below.

 

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