We swear this isn't an ironic listening. We love Beyoncé and 4. OK, we might unironically skip straight to track 5, 'Party', produced by Kanye West and with rap by Andre3000, because we ain't no stay-home-mums that need all those ballads about being broken hearted and finding the right person. But, after that, the album turns into a beautiful compilation of classic r'n'b, soul and a bit of sweat-inducing booty tracks - not too many though - that sound surprisingly courageous considering the actual state of pop music. And for that, we bow down and hail Queen B. P.S. Get the deluxe version, for those extra couple of amazing tracks.
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.
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?
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 is the third book from the writer of the best selling Absurdistan, Gary Shteyngart. Incidentally, I read him name dropped in Flavorpill's Ultimate Hipster Reading list and in the same sentence as James Franco (they're buds, apaprently) just before I finished his latest offering. Don't let any of that put you off, or take away any of the sad scary brilliance of Super Sad True Love Story; written from the perspective of one 39 year old Lenny Abramov, son of Russian immigrants and in love with the impossibly cute and cruel Eunice Park. A satire that cuts to the bone, Super Sad True Love Story is exactly it's title. And it's good.
Thursday // March 03, 2011 at 13:05 // filed under Music // Fashion
Charlie Le Mindu circa November 2009 (yep that's Lady Gaga's)
photograph by yours truly
Charlie Le Mindu's long term friendship with fellow French nationals Kap Bambino has culminated in the duo soundtracking all of his catwalk shows ever since his very first at London Fashion Week. Each season Orion and Caroline do a fantastic job of capturing the mood and essence of Charlie's expressions and Orion's efforts for Charlie's latest is as disconcerting and awesome as the show was.
HIYA // Charlie circa February 2009
They're tic tacs, y'all
I found Charlie Le Mindu's
latest AW 2011 collection pretty intense. The lovely
Richie from Team Le Mindu sent over the Kap Bambino custom made catwalk
soundtrack and this really does take that intense-city to the next
level. I'd read accounts of the soundtrack being an ominously static filled, witchy affair
involving the squeals of pigs dying or shagging or whatever they were
doing when the sample was recorded. This is pretty deep. And fucking ROCKING.
Perfect for stomping it out down a catwalk for Charlie Le Mindu. Check it:
Wednesday // February 23, 2011 at 15:20 // filed under Fashion // Art
HIYA // Charlie
Charlie Le Mindu's show during London Fashion Week
quickly become a landmark spectacle in the circuit since his debut
around this time in 2009, and two years later for this AW 2011 season
was no different. Taking a darker turn this Autumn/Winter, Charlie's
influences were striking and brutal. Drawing from a war time brothel
used for spy purposes during World War 2 called Salon Kitty and Stephen
King's Carrie, Charlie delivered his most eerie and haunting collection to date.
Charlie made his predictably strong statements accompanied by his usual
jaw drop factor; this time throwing in blood, hand drawn penises (male
models too) as well as profanity to the nekkid/naked factor...AND he
threw in some clear plastic pieces in amongst all of that (which some of
you might know I'm absolutely obsessed with. Romain Kremer, Christopher Raeburn, Jean Charles de Castelbajac have all had some fantastic clear plastic moments that rival Blade Runner. Love).
Check the rest of the review, as well as all the juicy NSFW runway and backstage pics after the jump! >>
So like I said earlier, Charlie Le Mindu has caused another uproar on the runways of London Fashwan Week showing his latest SS 2011 collection. This, his fourth time round the circus, has generated the French born London based enfant terrible of Hautte Coiffurist has had everyone strategically inserting fig leaves, blurry bits and other paraphernalia over the - OMGZ GUYS - nekkid vajayjays of the models he sent down the runway sans anything but hair and some fierce pink platform boots (WANT), darlings.
catwalk pictures by Tom Vandeputte:
But this is exactly what makes Charlie one of the darlings of young London. This sense of humor, irreverence, total disregard for the norm and his own grand o'er leaping ambition is what has catapulted him to international fame.
Oh wait, tear your eyes away from the bits on show and check some pics of the actual collection in the gallery below, which gave me a very Sin City kind of pop-art vibe, entitled 'Detox, Retox, Botox', taking Hollywood and LA as inspiration...
So there's been another media frenzy over Charlie Le Mindu's latest collection, just shown at London Fashion Week, but to warm you up for that particular post, let's start with some Barbie versus Charlie fodder...
We found out about Barbie Video Girl a month or two back - and we got excited.
She's basically got a built in video camera AND LCD screen in her back! WE DECIDED THAT NEEDED ONE OF THESE.
And then we spotted that London's SHOWstudio went and got one - and we got jealous.
Their Barbie's doing all kinds of cool stuff; from front row at fashion week to a hair appointment with everyone's favourite hair couturist Charlie Le Mindu, and now she looks kinda like this:
Monday // July 12, 2010 at 17:38 // filed under Music // Fashion
Hiya Charlie Darling
photograph by Manu Valcarce
Charlie Le Mindu has well and truly 'arrived' too many times in his ridonkulously young career to list them all. Anyhooz, this is just a quick update to let you all know, just in case you happen to be in London this coming weekend and have some spare dough, Charlie is going to be popping up with a luxury salon at one of London's coolest and cutting edge boutique/gallery concept stores; Machine-A.
Did you note his new barber chair? Black leather and white snake skin. Can't get any more lux or Le Mindu than that really.
Price list is as follows:
Girrrls - cut and style £100 / style £65
Bwoys – cut and style £65 / style £40
Give ELLA@MACHINE-A.COM an email to book an appointment...spaces are limited, so crack them piggy banks and scrape them pennies.
Whilst you're doing that, check out this clip by Japan's Ayumi Hamasaki who worked a whole lot of Le Mindu (as well as other amazing things) in this sexy little choon, 'Sexy Little Things':
Wednesday // May 12, 2010 at 12:40 // filed under Music
A still from the upcoming video
I like Uffie. What you see is what you get (under
many layers of vocoder of course), but so far there are two things that I'm hating on: she's the one to blame for Ke$ha;
and this new single 'ADD SUV'. But nothing that we can't overlook; I mean, we
just need to ignore Ke$ha some more until she goes away. And as for 'ADD
SUV' I think we may have just found what to do with it thanks to Armand Van Helden.
Duck Sauce's other half throws away the entire synthetic
single and played only with Uffie's robotic vocals. Enter Pharrell Williams and his delicious rap lines on a new field - the house
music field. The beats, the disco influence and the effects make the song not
only hyper, but also one of the best things to ever come out with Uffie's voice on it. The lesson here is: no song is helpless when you've got a classic producer
behind a computer. Lesson learned and approved!
Everytime I see something new from Charlie Le Mindu, I can't help but say 'this is his best work yet' or something to that effect. For the last three seasons of his participation in London Fashion Week, he's blown us all away with the artistry and plain ridonkulousness of his creations.
This season though, Charlie has shown something more mature; more sophisticated, and in his own words, more French (or, a little English guard-esque as it were below - but of a much more sexy and fashionable variety, of course). Blonds, brunettes and even redheads were out this season, instead Charlie made his girls out in silky, inky black locks.
The lovely Grace Joel was in attendance for me and this is what she had to say:
East London’s club kids were up early, as London Fashion Week kicked off with Charlie Le Mindu’s extravaganza. With the energetic and amazingly dressed audience - their own hair coloured, sprayed and shaved to perfection - watched Charlie’s ever more impressive hair cascading from wigs, hair pieces and capes showed his unique skill and creativity. Shiny black manes covered crucifixes, fabergé eggs and black lacquered roses, all having been given Charlie’s magic touch. It was thrilling and filled the void that Gareth Pugh left when he packed up for Paris. It was an upbeat, optimistic start to the week, with the youth, creativity and optimism that London Fashion Week is all about!
*LAAARGGH* amazing. Below is the Fabergé egg all tricked out in Swarovski crystals (who get heavily involved with many designers' work), and hair so black and straight, all y'all light haired girls who be permed and waved out will kill yourselves for these locks that are dead straight and shiny-as-the-damn-crystals.
In a development on the rat-pelt 'hijab' Charlie did in his first season, this time round he's gone from ratty to foxy, YES YES that be bonafide fox ladies and gents, blinged up with blue Swarovski crystals in their eyes.
Luxurious, excessive and utterly fabulous (don't you die for the bag too? By Charlotte Hardwick).
Here check it, On | Off's video of the show, and a gallery of all the amazing looks below that - sick soundtrack by Kap Bambino of course:
Monday // November 30, 2009 at 00:00 // filed under Music // Fashion
Charlie in the studio, East London
photograph by yours truly
By now you've all been sickeningly fascinated/sucked in/unwillingly riveted by the Lady Gagz video. Not surprisingly at all, a number of Charlie Le Mindu pieces have found their way onto the newly nosed Gaga; least of which crowns the top of thatMcQueen ensemble she werks in the middle of the clip.
Forget the shoes (for a second) and check the hair!
In the meantime, Charlie has been named Fudge's Hair Ambassador (whatever that means), amongst styling hair for various hot bands video clips as well as his cut and style residency at Tatty Devine's Brick Lane shop.
In the midst of this update, I hit him up for 5 tracks he's been listening to lately, and here's what he hit me back with:
1 Kap Bambino : Batcaves 2 Winona Carr : Please Mr Jailer 3 Pizza Kids : We Like Pizza 4 Lady Gaga : Bad Romance 5 Peaches : Mommy Complex 6 ( bonus track ) : Suicide : Ghost Rider
Watch out for a Charlie Le Mindu cover of Winona Carr's 'Please Mr Jailer' - little do y'all know, that another lesser known talent of Charlie's is that he yodels. Yes, he yodel-odelays. And rather well, actually.