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2/19/17

February Playlist

The vinyl collection is forever growing so I thought i'd share some of the latest additions that i've been listening to on repeat over the past month.

(1) Talking Heads: 77 I first heard one of TH's songs during my Christmas holidays while watching BBC4 (im so kl) - Psycho Killer - which basically had me hooked and humming it day in/day out. This spurred me on to listen to more of the band and get 77 on vinyl - i've seen it so many times in vintage shops and carboot sales back home but I thought they were just "some weird 80's band" - which they are. However, I bloody love them. David Byrne's strained voice combined with staggered rythms and sudden tempo ranges makes you think of a crazy guy trying to sound normal - but making it so catchy and unique. (2) Angelo Badalamenti, Twin Peaks Score - Uhh omg. I can't explain the joy on my face when this arrived in the post. The most beautiful score i've ever seen, vinyl with a marble design, a zig-zag sleeve reminiscent of the zig-zag floors of Twin Peaks' black lodge, a lovely inside story to Angelo Badalamenti and thee most crispeeest of sounds. If you're a fan of Twin Peaks, or just bloody good music, then you will love it - the most soooothing and beautiful sounding of tv soundtracks there is. I bought mine at Norman Records here. (3) Talking Heads, More Songs About Buildings And Food Talking Heads again! I snapped this one up from Ebay the same day I bought 77 on there too - baargains. After hearing 'The Big Country' during the trailer for the recently released movie 20th Century Women, I fell even a little more in love with TH and decided to discover them a little further. FYI - the rest of the soundtrack of 20th CW promises to be a TREAT too. V excited to see it tomorrow! (4) Cliff Martinez, Drive Score 5th Year Anniversary Edition Is it possible to fall in love with vinyl? I did with this one. Not one but TWO PINK vinyl's in this stunning score of Nicolas Winding Refn's epic 'Drive'. Featuring thee unforgettable, beautiful 'Nightcall' by Kavinsky, Under Your Spell by Desire and every other beautiful sound from the movie - a classic that I will treasure FOREVER. I bought mine on Amazon here.

My other current favourite vinyl's are: Parallel Lines by BlondieJane Birkin Serge GainsbourgMarvin Gaye's Greatest Hits (shoutout to Dig Vinyl Liverpool for this! <3), Stop In The Name Of Love by Diana Ross & The SupremesThe End Of Comedy by Drugdealer and Los NiƱos Sin Miedo by The Parrots...here are some of my favourite tracks from them...

A mini playlist:

Je t'aime, moi non plus - Jane Birkin Serge Gainsbourg
Got to give it up - Marvin Gaye
Get Ready - Diana Ross & The Supremes
The End of Comedy - Drugdealer
No me gusta, te quiero - The Parrots

++ an extra, Wicked Games by Widowspeak - soooo nice.

Lucie

2/16/17

1 Dress Styled 3 Ways

The lovely people at Very.co.uk sent me over this beautiful schwiiingin' 70's vibe floral dress which I decided to style up in 3 different ways. Very have an amazing selection of dresses by some of my favourite brands including Miss Selfridge who designed this floral dream. I absolutely fell in love with it when I saw it online. I'm not generally much of a "dressy" person, even on a night out i'll revert to jeans and a crop top. I feel like some dresses on the high street are sometimes a little too dressy and never anywhere in between. 

This Miss Selfridge number quickly changed all that! It has everything I like - not too short/long, not showing off all the bust area, floaty, skims over any "chubby" bits and flatters all the best parts...oh and the sleeves, did I mention the sleeves? The best bit about this dress are the super 70's bell sleeves that look so cool when ya getting down on the dancefloor and even better when you're waving over to the barman for your 3rd 5th drink. Here's 3 ways to wear the dress from day to night....heads up - the dress I am wearing in this post is now £28 down from £40 on Very, just click here!

 PIZZA PALS











The dress can also double up as a skirt and be worn underneath a jumper to give it more a laid back, day-time look - for saaaaay, a trip to the local pizza parlour with your mates!







Jumper: vintage | Neckerchief: harley davidson shop | Belt: H&M | New Balance trainers: Tk Maxx | Bag: Primark

MOVIE DATE - GIG NIGHT

































































                                                                                                       











Is it a skirt, is it a dress?! This time, it's a top. What a versatile lil piece of clothing, right? Tucked into some high waisted jeans, add a pair of your go-to trainers (mine are forever and always, converse) and this would be the ideal look for a trip to cinema with ya mates or to wear to a gig, comfy/casual but the dress (mainly because of the sleeves) adds a lil' somethin'-somethin'.























Jeans: H&M | Belt: H&M | Converse: Amazon | Earrings: Topshop | Jacket: vintage at Soho's Liverpool

DINNER DATE (aka take me for more pizza)

Dress: C/O Very | Ankle Boots: Office (charity shop)

Photos by Xie Qin Gru

Aaaaand lastly, the dress as it is destined to be - a dress, duh. Perfect for heading right back to the pizza place you started the day off in, and this dress hides a pizza belly like. no. other. Please excuse the pealy wally legs (as my dad would say which basically means PALE af). That's what living in the UK does to you, goodbye tan.

One dress, three Veeery different ways to wear it - see what I did there??

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2/11/17

Let's Talk | Class Appropriation In Fashion

Gosha Rubchinskiy is said to be one of the most exciting designers in street wear right now...but is the hype justified?

>> Charlotte Russell discusses the issues of class and how the latest trends and being 'edgy' might be suggesting more about us than we think...
What is ‘class appropriation?’ Two words, so political when divided, that when combined it creates nothing less of an abrupt, blaze debate on our current social situation. Disclaimer, I am not having a dig at you, reader, if you happen to relate to some of the people in this post. But I merely want to put forward the idea that perhaps this concept of ‘class appropriation’ is slowly becoming a thing. And is this ok?

Discourse surrounding cultural appropriation has been increasingly prominent over the last year or so, y’know finally with relation of our worlds understanding of respect for political history and all that. But can we go as far as to say that another privileged portion of society (this time not necessarily just the white western part of it) but the middle classes (or any other if we want to include intersections) are becoming advocates of a different type of appropriation? If you don’t know what I’m getting at, look around you. Look at what it means to be ‘cool’ and ‘edgy’ and you must know at least one person that pops up. Maybe they’re wearing a pair of Reeboks, or a baseball hat, or an old zip up fleece and then begin to question where these ‘fashion statements’ have come from.
Don’t get me wrong, I know numerous people who dress up in head-to-toe Adidas tracksuits and look bloody awesome. Also before I continue I would just like to include a disclaimer here, but I myself do also identify with being ‘middle class’. Yet I’m afraid that Gideon-from-Hampshire-who-has-a-trust-fund is not and never will be the next Stormzy. Perhaps Gideon can rap, perhaps he has a lot of things to say about our recent political situation, and perhaps he is very talented. But I’m afraid to say that trust fund Gideon is also not from the ends of South London, and most definitely does not ever wear cheap sportswear.


Source: google

If you can’t see it yet, walk in to a ‘vintage’ shop. Because poor Gideon is the butt of one huge corporate joke right now. Recently I went into a shop to find that they were charging £50 for an old Kappa jumper! Because they can. Because they know there are people out there who will pay this much for a ‘vintage’ jumper to look ‘edgy’. This ‘vintage’ jumper 2 years ago would have probably cost them no more than £10.
Is looking ‘edgy’ nowadays therefore synonymous with looking like you come from ‘the ends’? As if being cool is synonymous with not looking like you’re rich. But what is the big difference here? A lot of people who choose to represent themselves this way are. The class appropriation that is happening here is the fact that these people have the CHOICE to switch this off. It is the choice to dress in a tracksuit all day, but a high-end tuxedo by night which differentiates them from others. It is the fact that nowadays everyone knows that their vintage garms cost them an absolute packet, and in return has created this sort of weird cycle.
I suppose you could argue with me and say that class appropriation could even work both ways - say a working-class person who decides to dress up in an expensive suit perhaps. Yet a more high end branded suit carries off the image of wealth and success, a working-class person is not necessarily appropriating middle class culture because the middle classes are not oppressed in the same way. As a wealthy person, the ability to dress however they want is what shows us that this appropriation exists, and it’s the cheek of exploiting urban culture – making it completely unaffordable and therefore only wearable by those who are rich enough – which shows the increasing emancipation of the middle
classes.


Though Adidas' recent Original Is Never Finished campaign and new ad is undoubtedly pretty stunning cinematically, could Adidas clothing and brands alike be misrepresenting this style as 'fashionable' to the upper-class who can afford it and inaccessible to the working/lower class who were once associated with urban culture?
Because arguably with this in mind, it is only the reasonably well-off who can afford to dress in a way that was once associated with urban culture at the moment. I suppose we can blame our current ‘scene’. Let’s point the finger at Skepta why don’t we? This guy has an exceeding amount of power since his music became popular (I’m sorry but Konnichiwa is bangin’ - don’t even try to disagree) and in his music videos and the people he is surrounded with are seen as presenting themselves in a way which is currently echoed throughout this current ‘scene’. They are cool because their music is great, and in return they also look good. Their music is deeply rooted within working-class culture and as a result this has now become ‘cool’. I mean, too right, it’s great to see working class people finally making a comeback in the music scene. But since becoming famous (and most likely incredibly rich) can we still count Skepta in this bracket? Is he as a result, like these ridiculous vintage shops, also exploiting a certain culture in a bid to sell records and make money?


Source: google
Whatever your beliefs are, he is. But the difference between Skepta and, say, your posh friend from the home counties is, Skepta is exploiting a culture and form of identity that he has lived with his whole life (as far as I believe, unless he comes out with some big revelation and he is actually an actor who goes by the name Geoffrey from Kent). Gideon from Hampshire is not. Think of this the next time you go to fork out a million pounds on a baseball cap, or the next time you see yourself complementing your mates ‘wavey’ new bomber jacket. Because, I hate to say it, you and they probably will/do look cool. But just remember you are giving your money to an idea which has exploited and in turn made a style - which was once affordable for a certain section of society - completely ridiculous. Think of the connotations, the class and the culture associated with what you are wearing, and ask yourself, are you being respectable enough to say that you identify with this and the background associated with the class that these garms once possibly represented?

Or do you disagree and think fashion's reappropriation of British Working Class Culture isn't a bad thing? (see article here - the comments section and the Guardian article are well worth a read too, or do you agree with this article?)

By Charlotte Russell
Follow Charlotte on Twitter @swankychar

2/1/17

5 Films To See In 2017

>> 2017 is looking great for film so far, Rose Dymock rounds up five films she's most excited for this year...

Moonlight


It’s already out in the US, winning accolades and awards all over the place, but this feels like a film that will become an instant classic. Based on a play by Tarell Alvin McCraney, it follows the story of a young black boy living in America as he deals with the struggles of his homosexuality, as well as growing up in poverty. With three different actors playing Chiron at the different stages of his life, Moonlight feels like an innovative and interesting portrayal of the reality of the life of an outsider.

Released on 17th February
The Belko Experiment


Written by James Gunn, the director Guardian of the Galaxy, The Belko Experiment follows an ordinary work place in America that is suddenly placed in lock down by an unknown group. Forced to turn on each other in order to survive, things soon turned nasty. The Belko Experiment is definitely not a film to take a date to.

Released on 17th March
Free Fire



Ben Wheatley’s newest film has more than a touch of Reservoir Dogs to it, as it follows a gun deal that swiftly turns into a full-blown shoot out in an abandoned warehouse. Set in the 70s in an unknown US city, it features Cillian Murphy, Brie Larson and more flared trousers than you can count. A tense, funny thriller, Free Fire looks set to be one of the most entertaining films of the year.

Released on 21st April

Star Wars: The Last Jedi


Picking from where 2015’s The Force Awakens left off, there isn’t a huge amount of plot details around at the moment, but it’s clear that it involves a lot more Luke Skywalker action, as well as being a lot darker than the previous film. And, judging by Rogue One’s recent success, exploring a darker side of the Star Wars universe is always a good thing.

Released in December 2017

The Death of Stalin



Again, not a huge amount of information for this one, but Armando Iannucci’s film about the last few days of Stalin and the impact of his death sounds somewhat grim at first. However, if you’ve ever watched The Thick of It or In the Loop Iannucci’s ability for making politics as ridiculous and petty as possible promises a very entertaining film.

Release Date TBD
I hope you’ve enjoyed my list of films for 2017, and if you want to read more ramblings about films, check out my blog!

By Rose Dymock
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