Posted on January 28, 2015
What do you get when you cross Coldplay style piano with heartfelt Adele-esque vocals? 21 year-old musician Frances, that’s what. Sound like your cup of tea? See what she had to say when we chatted teachers, Taylor Swift and all things 2015.
When did you first fall in love with music?
I’ve been into music since I was a toddler, there was always music around the house. But I think I fell in love when I started playing the piano. I realised I could start trying to play all the songs I’d loved listening to.
What’s been your biggest musical inspiration?
My parents and a music teacher I had at school, they would always give me new music to listen to to inspire me.
How would you describe your music?
Emotional, uplifting and reflective. It’s centered around my voice and piano playing. There’s elements of Carole King, Radiohead, Adele and Sia in there.
What do you listen to when you’re off duty?
There are many repeat offenders in my listening routine; Radiohead, Keane, Bjork. But right now I think Taylor Swift is stealing my ears – and the whole world’s too!
What are you most looking forward to this year?
Festival season. I’ve never played a festival before and I’m doing a couple this summer which I’m really excited for!
Did you have any 2015 resolutions?
Write now, think later. I have a habit of thinking too much when I write rather than just being natural. I make it super hard for myself sometimes!
Check out Frances’ soundcloud here.
Posted on January 27, 2015
Whether you’re into your American Football or not, the annual Super Bowl is a pretty big deal. Over 111.5 million people tune in to watch the final game of the season (this year the Seattle Seahawks take on the New England Patriots at the University of Phoenix Stadium) which kicks off at 6.30pm EST and 11.30pm if you’re in the UK. Thinking about finding out what all the fuss is about? Here’s our guide to getting involved:
What to expect this year?
Yes, there is a potentially exciting sports match going on, but realistically it’s all about the half time show, right? In the past we’ve seen some seriously amazing performances, from a temporarily reformed Destiny’s Child, to the infamous Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake ‘nipplegate’ duet in 2004. This year super-babe Katy Perry is taking to the stage, with a little help from the legendary Lenny Kravitz. Keep an eye out in the ad breaks too, Kim Kardashian will be starring in a (naturally) selfie-fuelled phone commercial.
What to do?
If you’re going to celebrate the Super Bowl, you may as well go all out, but unless you’re actually attending, you probably won’t have Phoenix, Arizona weather conditions, that doesn’t mean a traditional Tailgate soiree is out of the question, though (that’s a party where everyone opens the boots of their cars and drinks in a car park, by the way). If you’re watching from the considerably colder UK, luckily there’s lots of venues hosting warmer options. We recommend checking out Joe’s Southern Kitchen or The Diner for a snacking/sporting combo.
What to wear?
This season’s sporty details are the perfect look for Super Bowl viewing. Go for a sports luxe top or dress with racing stripe trims and team with denim and fresh trainers. Or, get properly in the spirit and put the new Adidas StellaSport collection to the test.
Posted on January 27, 2015
Rae Morris is seriously on a roll. Alongside the fact she dropped her debut album ‘Unguarded’ yesterday (think chilled out, melodic pop) she’s already played a headline slot at Reading & Leeds festival and was recently included in the BBC’s Sound of 2015. Oh, and did we mention she’s only 21?! We caught up her to chat on-stage style, living in LA and her love for the legendary Patti Smith…
What’s the most exciting thing about your album being released?
For me it’s the thought of people sat at home in their everyday lives listening to the music, to think of it making them feel something, that’s all I’ve ever wanted to do.
You recorded your album in LA, how did you find it?
Going out to LA for the three months of recording was probably the most important period of time in my life so far. I love the way people are so accepting and everyone just does their own thing.
When did you know you wanted to be an musician?
I always had it in my head that when I grew up I would do something in music. There really wasn’t another option for me. Maybe aside from being a female firefighter!
Are there any other new artists you’re loving right now?
The BBC Sound of 2015 introduced me to loads of new stuff I hadn’t heard before, Låpsley and Shura and Slaves – I feel super excited about those guys.
Who are your biggest influences?
My family and the people around me. Humans need other humans to get by!
What do you like to wear on stage?
For a long time I liked to wear the same thing, but now I like unique trousers and vintage jumpsuits. I think I’m starting to be more adventurous.
Who’s style would you most like to steal?
It would definitely have to be Patti Smith. Not just when she was floating around New York’s Chelsea Hotel being an effortlessly cool mega-babe, but now as well.
What’s been the best moment of your career so far?
Headlining Reading & Leeds festival last year! Leeds was the first festival I ever went to and it felt really significant to be asked to return .
Unguarded is out now.
Posted on January 23, 2015
In case you hadn’t noticed, ’70s style is having a bit of a moment. Our SS15 collection is packed with key throwback pieces, from psychedelic floral prints, to pussybow blouses and flares. But, we’re not just feeling the far-out vibes when it comes to fashion – ’70s is having a major moment in culture too. So, if you’re ready to take the retro love in next-level, here’s three totally groovy things to do:
1. WATCH: INHERENT VICE
Boogie Nights director Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest on-screen masterpiece is a groovy (a favourite word of the cast) flashback of the ‘60s/’70s, full of dreamy fashion that’s guaranteed to inspire our festival wardrobes this season. Based in California Beach, the film follows private detective Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) as he embarks on a mission to find his ex-lover Shasta (Katherine Waterson) when she mysteriously vanishes. While we’re still daydreaming about Katherine Waterson’s orange crochet dress and Reese Witherspoon’s cute co-ords – the mutton chops comeback is still questionable…
In cinemas from 30 January 2015. Watch the trailer here.
c.1976, © Venetia Porter. Thea Porter’s London shop.
2. GO: THEA PORTER: BOHEMIAN CHIC, AT THE FASHION AND TEXTILE MUSEUM
If there was ever a pioneer of ’70s style, it was Thea Porter. Known for the innovative fashion and interior design sold at her famous Greek street store, her fans ranged from The Beatles to Elizabeth Taylor and Faye Dunaway. Spend a day immersed in her eclectic world in a new retrospective spanning her creations, career and travels.
Running from 6 February – 3 May, 2015. Head here for more info.
3. PIN: FARRAH FAWCETT
The 2nd February marks what would have been the 68th birthday of original Charlie’s Angel and ’70s icon Farrah Fawcett AKA your new pinspiration. Think old school sportswear, fanned out hair and some strong flare wearing game.
Still can’t get enough of the dream decade? Shop ’70s style here.
Posted on January 23, 2015
Need a little style inspiration to sign up for that 10K or to book into that oh-so-serious sounding new spin class? Introducing adidas StellaSport. Perhaps the first sporty range we’ve laid eyes on that actually makes us want to get up and DO something. This isn’t quiet performance wear – this is bold and brilliant. From fluro pink leggings to the perfect sports tank, sport never looked so appealing.
Shop adidas StellaSport and stay tuned for news around last night’s mega launch party.