Tuesday, 28 April 2015


 No.5 Denmark Street

Tonight I headed to the artsy Relentless space, which is nestled inbetween cool dive bars and music/guitar related shops, just a short walk from Tottenham Court Road. In the past it has been used for exhibitions, parties, performances and tonight we see it being used for all these things, as well as press conference. I have a lot of work on so I wasn't going for a long haul evening. I was attending to get all the relevent info relating to this year's Here to be heard competition, but would sadly miss DJ sets from Everything Everything and a performance from last year's HTBH winning band Huxtable. I made myself feel a bit better about missing the live music by reminsicing about last year's gig at the Troxy (which saw Huxstable support Slaves, Zane Lowe and Biffy Clyro). It was an incredible night...and my first time taking photos in the pit!

Tonight's press conference would be hosted by a respected NME journalist. He who would speak to Everything Everything about their history as well as what it's like to be in a band in 2015. He would also be finding out what they will be looking for as judges of this year's Here to be Heard Competition. 

 Steve Smails Photo
The winner of 2014 Here to be Heard Photography Competition.

Some more news from Relentless Energy Drink HQ is the addition of a clothing line. I have to admit to being a tad skeptical at first, but it looks pretty strong in the flesh. The collaboration with Starter gives it some cred, and it seems quality of production seems great. I bagsy the beanie!! Do people still say bagsy? Will be interested to see how it does over the next few months?

For bands entering for the chance to perform at iconic Reading Festival in August...

Don't put on fake accents when you sing - they don't like that.

Have a strong identity - even if your identity is that you don't have a strong identity...

Be authentic and real....don't try to be something you're not......

and that's about it....

Mentors and judeges Everything Everything's third album ‘Get To Heaven’ is out in June.

The nitty gritty.....

·         Prize comprises minimum 20min set at Reading Festival 2015 including VIP tickets, transport, accommodation and after party access for the winning Artist/Band and 1 friend / manager, plus up to 10x Reading Festival Standard Entry Day Tickets for 29/08/15

·         Finalists will have the opportunity to take part a Mentor Session with Everything Everything on 29/06/15 plus one Studio Day at Relentless No. 5 from 30/06/15 to 04/07/15

·         Max 1 entry per Artist/Band

·         All entries must be the work of an “Unsigned Artist/Band” who control 100% of the master rights and the publishing rights of the Submission Materials. If any Entrants are found to be under contract with a third party stakeholder or enter Submission Materials that is deemed by the judges not to be original material the entry will be disqualified.

For more information and to enter the competition, visit RelentlessHTBH.com
The DJ part of Relentless presents Here To Be Heard will open in May.


The British Fashion Council has today announced a new venue for London Fashion Week. This September the 62nd edition of LFW, a global highlight on the international fashion calendar, will move to Brewer Street in the heart of Soho. This new central London location fulfils the BFC’s goal to host London Fashion Week in the West End, providing an epicentre for a city-wide fashion celebration with close proximity to major retail spaces.
Munira Mirza, Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture, said: “Brewer Street Car Park as the host venue is a brilliant development for London Fashion Week. With its position in Soho, it is at the heart of an area that has long been associated with fashion and creativity in general. I am sure the move will literally drive even more interest in one of the most important sectors for our economy.”
Spanning two floors of the Brewer Street Car Park, the new central LFW venue will play host to some of the world’s most exciting designer catwalk shows in the BFC Show Space and the Designer Showrooms where over a hundred designers will exhibit their collections to an audience of UK and international press, buyers and stylists. The flexible space will also be used for LFW guest registration, a photographers’ area and press, buyer and sponsor spaces.
Dating back to 1929 the Brewer Street Car Park is an iconic art deco building designed by architect JJ Joass that is fast becoming one of Soho’s most dynamic creative spaces home to a public programme of audio-visual shows, events and installations including The Enclave, an exhibition by Richard Mosse; The Fractured and the Feline by multi-media illustrator Quentin Jones which was designed by Robert Storey; FORMAT by acclaimed music producer and artist Trevor Jackson; Dinos Chapman and the Capital Children’s Choir; and The Ada Project by Conrad Shawcross. Last season, the BFC and British Council used the space to exhibit over 110 emerging fashion designers from nearly 30 countries as part of the International Fashion Showcase, the largest LFW exhibition that is free and open to the public.
The move to Brewer Street sees London Fashion Week increase its footprint across the capital and marks the next stage in the evolution of the biannual event, which has previously been located at Somerset House, the Natural History Museum, Duke of York Square and Battersea Park. In a bid to drive city-wide support for an industry that employs nearly 800,000 people and is worth £26 billion to the UK GDP this season’s LFW showrooms, catwalk and event schedule will be accompanied by an exciting programme of free talks open to the public.
Caroline Rush, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council added: “The long term growth of the UK’s designer fashion market is reflected geographically in this move that will see London Fashion Week designers showcasing collections in one of London’s most vibrant, diverse and creative hubs set within a mile of Bond Street, Dover Street, Mount Street, Oxford Street and Regent Street. The new and exciting venue has already been dubbed as Brewer Street’s ‘Fashion Park’ and will offer freedom and flexibility to designers who will be able to transform the show space to reflect their own aesthetics and identity.”
I have seen shows in this space before, including a spectacular Henry Holland show, and it did feel the perfect environment for such an event. There are a few issues I do worry about in terms of its suitability though. There are the long narrow staircases for one. The main thing is its situation in the heart of London. Being central to everything is a great thing in many way, but the streets round there are already consistently bussling with people. At somerset house there was a huge amount of outside space where people could mill about and pose for streetstyle bloggers and photographers. I feel there may be less opportunity for this in the new location. I will also miss the sophisticated grandeaur of Somerset House, although I am sure I will adapt to the more industrial feel of the car park. I will be very interested to find out the reality of LFW in it’s new home. What do you think about the move?
London Fashion Week takes place from 18 – 22 September 2015. The provisional schedule will be announced w/c 20 July 2015.

My view on the Coachella Backlash

Since Coachella Festival became an event spread across two separate weekends, we have been exposed to an overwhelmingly lengthy period of festival attendance bragging. Set in sunny California it has become the go to festival for celebrities, ‘it people’, hanger- ons….and wannabe hanger-ons - as well as music fans and us normal folk of course! Due to the picturesque location and high percentage of attractive or famous attendees, it has become the ideal environment for fashion brands to host parties, all documented and pinged around the world by photographers, press, vloggers/bloggers.

I guess the closest thing we have over here is Glastonbury, Wireless, or V in terms of fashion displays from our most papped style stars. These influencers will happily pose in the ‘guest’ or ‘vip’ areas and flaunt their chosen ‘festival’ look, gifting themselves, as well as the brands they are adorned in added exposure. However, due to the unpredictable weather, there is always a sense of holding back - restrictions in terms of their ensemble that won’t be found at Coachella. The fact that the terrain and climate allows for open toes, white dresses, heels, and so on, means it was always going to be hailed the festival of fashion.  

I have to confess that my feelings towards the yearly Coachella insta-spamming are love/hate. It’s natural to get some sort of pleasure from gazing at pretty things, but a simultaneous feeling of inferiority and jealousy is consistent with each scroll during the month of April. It wouldn’t be a trailblazing statement to say that our apparent need to observe the lives of the famous or beautiful is an unhealthy one. Of course the saturation of celebrity culture on social media makes it hard to ignore, but many of us actively choose to follow certain accounts that deliver an abundance of superficial, but annoyingly addictive content. So before we complain….maybe we should check that we haven’t asked for it with the accounts we follow! 

Despite the recent Twitter blacklash, I have openly said I’ve always wanted to attend. I have been braving the elements at UK festivals for 15 years now, and although wading in mud, obtaining an accidental dreadlock, and dancing in your musty old rain mac has a definite charm, I do long for a festival experience where I can attempt to wear less practical clothes. I’ve always felt it a triumph not to smell of other people’s sweat, and have constant fear that I have excrement somewhere on my leggings - I once even found a noodle in my hair. It would feel a real treat to wear something so fabulous that I’d actually be sad if it got ruined. I guess I have also succumbed the allure of the glamour - the thought of sitting with my toes in a pool, sipping on a mocktail in-between enjoying the acts, and obsessing over a nearby Jenner, Chung, Bosworth (and their outfit). 

From the slew of images over the years it would be easy for most of us to describe the stereotypical Coachella outfit….the words hippy, boho, ethereal, peasant, gladiator sandals, fedora commonly featured. For some that lack if imagination is the source of aggrevation. Some of my fashion industry friends, particularly those who favour structure, tailoring or fashion forward designs, have tired of the conveyer belt of indent-kit ‘peace sign’ looks. While I agree that their is a predominance in the updated Woodstock style attire, I want to remind that we are seeing the images the press choose to publish. There are some fashioninstas doing their own, more unique thing, and refusing to succumb to the fashion magazine/website rules on festival dressing. 

We will likely always get these festival themed fashion features (alongside florals, nautical, militar) and while they may be great at informing people where to purchase the odd lovely piece, or help you imitate a celebrity look you’ve coveted, I hope that people will stop seeing them as a dictatorship on the strict uniform you should be wearing. An experienced festival goer will know that comfortable shoes, a beanie hat, and a waterproof item are more vital to your enjoyment of a festival. 

An article on Drowned in Sound summed up a lot of my personal thoughts on the issue, perhaps because myself and writer Gemma Samways have both done the UK muddy festival thing for a decade and half. We have learned that an outfit won’t be what you remember fondly from that year at Reading Festival, it would be the new friend you made, an funny/embarrassing moment you party monster friend deliver, or that live version of the song that remind you of your ex making you tear up. 

Do some people find Coachella and the tweets/images/articles relating it so infuriating because of the glaring lack of association with music. Rather than comment on what attendees and performers are wearing surely the focus should be on the performances, the music, those euphoric life affirming moments created due to experiencing music at a festival. As Gemma rightly states the majority of these fashion articles are directed at women, which can only perpetuate the idea that women don’t go to festivals to enjoy music, and that we are merely there to show off our recent shopping successes. Not so…not for me anyhow. 

I think the sense of bragging is probably the cause of the most annoyance. The thing is though…a lot of the time our reaction is based on the green eyed monster. For me at least, I really wish I was there. If it isn’t the green eyed monster its frustration with this generational thing - that we’d rather tell/show everyone what we are doing rather than live in the moment, immerse ourselves in the present, and fully appreciate the experience. That’s a whole other rant entirely….

If I ever get to Coachella, I will be probably post a picture in my sun friendly outfit, and attempt some arty pictures of the Coachella landscape, but I will also be banging on you about how good that band was and how happy it made me. Don’t judge me.

Sunday, 26 April 2015


I had a bit of a play with my watercolours today. I wanted to try something completely different to my usual style - free and without rules.




I know for many the thought of double denim is still utterly horrendous, even after sightings of the likes of Miranda Kerr, showing how chic it can look. If the thought of combining different blue hues of denim r is too much to bear, an easy way of combining the classic fabric is by using different colours. Here I've teamed a vintage blue shirt with my white skinny jeans, which makes for a fresh and clean look. 


Saturday, 25 April 2015



Today I tried the second of the lipstick's from No7. This one is from the Stay Perfect range, so it has a less creamy feel to it, far dryer and more matte in finish. I guess to ensure it stays on the lips for a longer amount of time the formula has to firmer, moving less when you purse your lips together.
Only one coat was required to create bold coverage. 

The colour on the end of lipstick is a fair representation of the effect you will see on your lips ( some of these pictures have given it a ligher more orangey tinge). It is in fact a beautifully dramatic raspberry hue.

The shape of the lipstick lends itself well to creating more pointed cupids bows. 

I found that the colour enhances the whiteness of my teeth too, which is a nice added bonus!

I took these photos after I'd scoffed my lunch. I think they go a fair way to prove that the product can withstand a fair bit of normal human activity, maintaining  good amount of saturation. 

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