Beyoncé - 4
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.
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
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.
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AW 2011 // Fanny and Jessy



Fanny and Jessy surprise me with every new collection. Their 4th of which is entitled 'The Dissection' and is a more mature and pared down side of the duo. The girls state their initial influence as the Hunterian Museum in the London College of Surgery; quite macabre images that have translated into the realms of more slick, feminine elements that still walk strong with that totally bad ass FAJ aesthetic.


It's really refreshing to see that they've grown on from the tough, all black, leathers, sheers and mesh vibe, despite doing it so very very well. On the average person on the streets of East London and LES New York, it's a look for me that was getting a little bit stale and tired. It's awesome to see that attitude with a different skin on.








Skills they learned whilst hanging out at Jess' farm in Somerset dissecting chickens were applied to create the seams which are an ongoing theme throughout the collection. It was the examination of internal environment of animals that gave them their colour palette and textures.








This is a deceptively simple collection compared to their past efforts, but I'm loving this direction just as much. It has a quietly sinister mood that gives out a delighted cackle every now and then in the jingle of the brass coins littered throughout the pieces, and gives a cheeky wink in the cut out of the burnt orange Robin Hood balaclava, in typical FAJ style.






And of course, the marvellous Danny Sangra made a little behind the scenes film of the lookbook shoot, check it out, and then take a look at some more looks in the gallery below that. Fresh work from FAJ, well done girls!


Fanny and Jessy AW11 behind the scenes


P.S. Our current favourite K-Pop duo GD & T.O.P. are totally working FAJ in their video clip for 'High High'...Need I say more?



AW 2011 // Charlie Le Mindu
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! >>

Charlie Le Mindu gets nekkid at LFW

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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...


LFW AW 2010 // Charlie Le Mindu

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photographs by Christopher James


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:



Charlie Le Mindu LFW




BFC NEWGEN winners!

The winners of the British Fashion Council (BFC) New Generation sponsored by Topshop for London Fashion Week's A/W 2010 have just been announced! Winners all listed below in their categories, as well as some of my favourite looks from the designer's most recent SS 2010 collections.


On the NEWGEN catwalk will be:

Mark Fast

Mary Katrantzou

Meadham Kirchoff

Peter Pilotto


The Greek born, Rhode Island School of Design educated and then Central Saint Martin's graduate, Mary Katrantzou's self proclaimed hyperrealistic prints and bold palette are gorgeous.


Mary Katrantzou


I remember seeing the debut LFW Peter Pilotto show back in 2007. It was fab then and they're still maintaining two short years down the track:


Peter Pilotto


And holding NEWGEN Presentations will be:

Holly Fulton

Louise Gray

Maria Francesca Pepe



Holly Fulton states her career highlight as when “Alber Elbaz telling me I was wearing the biggest necklace he'd ever seen.” And how could you forget those super graphic designs? I'd kill for a Holly Fulton piece...


Holly Fulton


and NEWGEN at the Exhibition will be:

Atalanta Weller (footwear)

Christopher Raeburn

Craig Lawrence

David Koma

Dominic Jones

Fannie Schiavoni



Michael Lewis (footwear)

Michael van der Ham

Natascha Stolle


I'd been perving on Christopher Raeburn's designs for months; I meant to post about him but it got buried under everything else on my desktop. He takes my Bladerunner see-through plastic fetish to the next level. Anything in fashion that's 'ethically aware' could generally not have a hope in hell of looking cool, but Raeburn does this to dazzling effect. Wicked stuff.


Christopher Raeburn


Sculptural and body conscious, David Koma's super sexy and powerful designs got him stocked at Brown's Focus having just graduated this year with a distinction from CSM.


David Koma



The dearly beloved duo of one of London's fashion must-stops, Kokon To Zai's three year young label KTZ is rocking it for accessible, democratic, highly creative peops. Keep it coming.




WOO congratulations to y'all - here's to the New Generation!

Charlie Le Mindu's SS//2010
I know y'all have been waiting for this one...sorry for the delay! X
Charlie Le Mindu and his right hand gal, Lara Jensen backstage

photographs by Christopher James


Charlie Le Mindu's latest collection was above and beyond the most creative and boundary pushing collection that showed at London Fashion Week - fact.


Just check it below and you'll see what I mean.


Here are two of my favourite looks from the show below, including the bags that we told you about earlier made by the uber talented Gabriella Marina Gonzalez. Latex body suits by House of Harlot






And here you go again, the latest catwalk mix that the ever amazing Kap Bambino duo did for the show:


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Komakino and Too Young To Love

Too Young To Love (but not to drink on the bus)

photograph by yours truly


Somehow, by a weird twist of fate and some small degrees of separation, I found three of the foursome that is Too Young To Love camped out in the living room last week. As pictured above, left to right are Andrea, Luca and Yari (minus one member, Stefano, who couldn't make the London Fashion Week gig), on the bus in London (I introduced them to premixed double G&T's) as they were playing the Komakino runway show at Vauxhall Fashion Scout.


The boys and I dropped in on the husband and wife duo that is Komakino, Fe and Jin at their Shoreditch studio the night before the event and all seemed calm, despite the many last minute things to do. Joy Division aficionados, yes, Komakino is the title of a JD track. In other words though, it's also a German word meaning 'Cinema of Shadows', which is totally suited to the label, as their collections have always been made up mostly of my perpetual favourite non-colour; black. Check some runway pics of the very black, rather dark and utterly wearable collection below and cop the special mix Too Young To Love did for the event.


YES leather pants


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JCDC launch at London Fashion Week
The Look Book

backstage photographs taken by the super fabulous Morgan O'Donovan


Yes yes, so last Friday, GHOST played host to Jean Charles de Castelbajac in launching his diffusion line, JCDC, this season entitled 'Punkahontas and the Ducks'. We told you about this when we broke the news that JCDC were holding a model casting for the new line.


Off the official schedule for London Fashion Week, the JCDC show was one of the super hot tickets. Doors were open at 9, and there was an epic queue outside at least half an hour before. Ja'Maie had tipped me off that the guest list was seriously oversubscribed, with only a 500 capacity venue and like, billions of people on the list. Moral of the story: get there EARLY.


Luckily for me, Designer Drugs were in town and had gotten there before I rolled up. I jumped in the queue with them, yelled above the throng of people (pretending they were too cool to throng) something about the list, my name and Designer Drugs at the door, to which the bouncers and PR all gave me total WTF face until it clicked that I wasn't shouting about law evading substances.


The catwalk that wound around the venue and the seating that lined it, resulted in a less than 500 capacity (I swear), cause so many people weren't able to come in - a lot of pissed off kids were left outside. But at the afterparty though, I did spot Yvan the Facehunter, Susie Style Bubble for Dazed and more interestingly, super sports fan and huuuge patron of the arts and fashion James Goldstein. Admittedly, I had no idea who he was. I simply noticed him rocking a black snakeskin cowboy hat and silver jeans. Michael Designer Drugs mentioned that he had read an article about him on the plane and told me that I should ask him if he likes basketball. So our conversation went like this:


Do you follow basketball?

Jim: Yeah, I do! Do you?


No, but I follow you following basketball. Can I have a photograph with you?


Jim: Sure!


Shameless (me that is)

photo by Liz


AAAnyhoo, the show was great, massive kudos to Anthony Stephinson who put the whole shindig on. The Regulators played a fitting soundtrack too. I'm really not a Peaches Geldoff fan much, but she closed the show, and had the honour of accompanying Monsieur in his final walk through.


JCDC launch London Fashion Week


The super Morgan O'Donovan was snapping shots backstage, so here's some of the awesome pics he kindly sent over:


Monsieur and his models


Peachy Peachy Poo tryna give us some couture poseur






Check the full gallery below. Long live JCDC!



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