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Free up your drinking hands and leave the tunes to the professionals.
“I really love my vintage kaftan collection that started at the flea markets in Australia when I was 20. I’m lucky I realized they would be timeless and didn’t foolishly give them away.”
While everybody likes music, the music junkie lives music. And when sound waves are practically your source of air supply, there’s no more stifling time that Christmas.
There are very few DJs/producers that we trust to remix our best-loved classics — especially ones that played an integral part of our childhood, like Destiny’s Child’s “Bills, Bills, Bills.”Fortunately, the 1999 anthem was put in the capable hands of Mercury Prize winner James Blake, who released the remix under his occasional guise Harmonimix.
Last night was the first ever YouTube Music Awards. It was weird. Lady Gaga wore decaying teeth grillz, Eminem won something, and Dree Hemingway playing a suicidal philosopher who beats up Vanessa Hudgens. But what really shocked people was when K-pop group Girls Generation took out the top gong — music video of the year — for I Got a Boy. The majority of the audience had never heard of Girls Generation, let alone heard the song or watched the video.
Last week it was announced Kate Moss and Johnny Depp would reunite for Paul McCartney’s music video ‘Queenie Eye’. What we didn’t know is that a whole host of stars would be joining McCartney at Abbey Road Studios to film the
video legend fest, including — deep breath – Laura Bailey, Lily Cole, Alice Eve, Meryl Streep, Jude Law, Sean Penn, James Cordon, Gary Barlow and Tom freakin’ Ford.
Among all the very important life lessons TLC taught, including why you should not date scrubs or chase waterfalls, was that you should always coordinate your outfits. Sure, most musical acts in the ’90s dressed alike, but no one dressed quite like T-Boz, Chilli and Left Eye. You might even say their fashion choices were revolutionary. Who else was matching their lipstick to their giant satin pajamas at the time? Who else was embellishing their baggy jeans with packets of yellow condoms?
Iggy Azalea isn’t quite yet a star, but she looks like one. I’m waiting to interview the Australian-born rapper during what I assume is a loaded press day, which means I have the chance to watch from afar as she navigates through the several journalists and video crews waiting in the Mondrian Soho for a few minutes of her time. She’s immaculately composed in a striking black dress too complicated for my boyish brain to describe, and effortlessly jocular both on and off camera. When we finally start talking, she’s affable and lucid despite conditions that would normally prevent affability and lucidity—we only have fifteen minutes together, but she has a perfect feel for how to make the most of them.
UK songwriter, performer, and producer Laura Bettinson, aka Femme, has just released her new video for “Fever Boy”, which she also directed. The song and the video are a cheeky blast of attitude, style, and a sense of humor that won us over pretty quickly. We asked Bettinson to take us on a quick tour of her world in this photo diary below and now we like her even more than we already did.
If the Twilight series taught us anything, it’s that you don’t need to read the books or watch the films to enjoy the accompanying soundtracks — especially when said series causes such pandemonium that their music supervisor has their pick of the radio’s upper echelons.
Our taste in music is totally across the board — but so is Daft Punk’s, and we take solace in this fact. Last month, one half of the French pair, Thomas Bangalter, took time out from the duo’s ménage à trois with Milla Jovovich to unveil a hand-picked Spotify playlist that we’ve had on repeat since. Now, the second man behind the helmet, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, has released his own roster of records, and this time around we’ve felt compelled to share the wealth.
Style mavens take note. Music lovers rejoice. DJ Mia Moretti and Caitlin Moe, The Dolls, have released their new single. Listen to “Summer of ’93″ right here, while the girls tell us about trips to Turkey for vintage caftans, opening for Janet Jackson, and other highlights of the rockstar life.
We’re not sure exactly what to expect from this video, but we are sure that we can’t wait to see these two awesome Brits in one frame together.
Looking for a brand-referential catchy tune to get you through summer? Look no further! We’ve got the rappiest, snazziest, brandiest hit you could ever ask for, courtesy of a self-described cinematographer, editor, and rap beast by the name of Kreayshawn. The chorus goes like this: “Gucci Gucci Louis Louis Fendi Fendi Prada. Basic bitches wear that shit so I don’t even bother.” Excited yet?
We heard a preview of model and Karl Lagerfeld male muse Baptiste Giabiconi‘s new single a month or two ago, but had yet to feast our eyes on the visual feat that is his Americana-themed music video. While we’ve previously voiced concerns regarding his acting prowess, the video for “Showtime” lays Giabiconi’s talents bare: the man was meant to be an action star.
Herein, we celebrate the most outrageous, show-stopping, and waggish of stage costumes. Thanks to artists like Liberace and David Bowie, our history of wearable spectacles stretches back to the era of glam and back to present day.
M.I.A.’s heavily anticipated third full-length album “/\/\/\V/\” drops today. (The album is pronounced “Maya.”) And while she’s certainly known for her melting pot of sounds and vocal techniques, her fashion presence is difficult to ignore. Sometimes it’s fun and playful like her Jean-Charles De Castelbajac shark dress — and sometimes seizure-inducing, like the neon tribal, flashing print madness in her “Boyz” music video. But when your music sounds like a bonfire blast of dubstep, bhangra, hip-hop, house, and punk, you can get away with outfits that are equally as eclectic.
There’s a reason that Karl Lagerfeld loves Baptiste Giabiconi so much, and it’s also why he’s the highest ranked male model on our Power Grid. The answer: he’s amazing. And now the 20-year-old Frenchman is now being featured in April’s L’Officiel Hommes China — on their cover and in a 10-page and musically-inspired spread, in which he poses as rock icons like Jim Morrison, David Bowie, and in drag as Lady Gaga.
The murder. The masturbation. The make-us-want-to-die fashion. Yes, we’re still very much hung up on Lady Gaga’s “Telephone.” But Gaga isn’t one to rest on her laurels, and we hear she’s already hard at work on a follow-up.
A former producer and ex-boyfriend of Lady Gaga’s is claiming credit for transforming what he calls a Manhattan “guidette” into a mega-star.