It’s nearly time for Notting Hill Carnival which means we’re gearing up for two days of out-there costumes, great music and of course some serious dancing! To get us all in the mood, who better to chat to than one of its coolest dancers? Zizi Scandal (real name Aziza Jones) is the 21 year old star from dancehall crew The Heatwave, whose Hot Wuk parties are one of the hottest at Carnival every year!
Hi Zizi! How did you get into dance?
I have always danced as a child, but I never pursued it professionally until I met The Heatwave at Notting Hill Carnival in 2011!
Can you sum up your dance style in three words?
Provocative. Fun. Energetic.
What are you most looking forward to about Carnival?
I’m so excited to perform on the Red Bull stage with the rest of The Heatwave crew!
What will you wear?
On the morning I’ll be heading up one of the trucks as part of the parade, so will be rocking top-to-toe white to represent the Angel of Hope. And for my Red bull performance… you’ll have to wait and see.
What’s a Heatwave party like?
It’s a party where no-one behaves!
What’s been the best place you’ve danced apart from Carnival?
The one that sticks out is our boat party at Outlook festival in Croatia. It was epic. Hundreds of people in the middle of the ocean with nothing around you but sea, good music and a boat full of people ready to party till the sun goes down. Words cannot describe!
How would you describe your look?
I don’t really have a look. I have a billion looks! I wake up in the morning and dress however I feel. Vintage, punk rock, current fashion, tomboyish whatever!
Who’s wardrobe would you love to trade with?
What does the future hold for you?
I want to travel the world just living life on the go, exploring new countries and cultures. That would be so perfect.
What did you do for your 22nd birthday? We’re guessing it won’t rival our campaign girl Cara Delevingne’s. Our model-of-the-moment opted for a trip to Ibiza for her birthday last week, complete with model guests, a pizza onesie and some seriously good cake. Here’s how Cara celebrated…
1. Hired a private jet to Ibiza
Cara chartered her very own private jet to fly out to the party island. But don’t worry, she hasn’t gone too fancy on us – she spent the flight pulling funny faces in a pizza onesie. That’s the Cara we know and love.
What to do when you arrive in Ibiza? Party of course. Cara spent her birthday night getting down to Jamie Jones’s Boiler Room set, joined by some interesting characters in possibly the best fancy dress we’ve ever seen.
4. Ate two amazing birthday cakes
When you’re Cara Delevingne, one birthday cake won’t do. She blew out the candle on two cakes for her 22nd – a handmade chocolate treat spelling out her name, and another from Mulberry in the shape of a Bayswater bag. Nom nom.
5. Chilled on a luxury yacht
After all the partying the girls got some much needed downtime on a luxury yacht, spent sunbathing, sipping champagne and doing the classic Titanic move. What more could you need?
Attack of the Monday Blues? Fear not because help is at hand from synth pop four-piece Mausi. Formed by four uni friends after a summer spent hanging out in Milan, this band’s video for their debut track ‘My Friend Has A Swimming Pool’ will transport you to a pool party filled with sun-drenched fun. We caught up with frontwoman Daisy to discuss her ultimate pool party, from the dream guest list to the perfect poolside look.
Your dream pool party… Where would it be?
In a friend’s back yard – ideally that friend lives in an amazing house in LA.
Who’s on the guest list?
We would have Daft Punk manning the DJ booth. Ellen Degeneres and Pharrell Williams having a dance off. Bill Murray greeting the guests. Michael Jackson (as a hologram) dancing on the water.
Top track on the playlist?
‘September’ by Earth Wind and Fire on repeat. But also anything to get people dancing, some Breakbot, Disclosure, Phoenix, Goldroom, the list goes on…
What food would you serve?
Pineapples and watermelon. Maybe a cheeky BBQ in the corner manned by somebody in a sparkly outfit. Or Gerard Depardieu.
Anything people want, as long as it’s in one of those cliché red cups they have in American college parties in movies.
What would you wear?
I’d go for a mismatch of old and new – definitely some statement bling with a vintage t-shirt. Also some glitter… it will find a way of getting on to your person at a party like this so you may as well give in and be glittered up from the get go.
How would you decorate?
Probably just some inflatable animals alongside the hologram of Michael Jackson.
What would you do if it rained?
Embrace the rain. Ain’t no weather stopping this party. Also if it happens to be in LA it’s less likely for that to happen… Just saying…
Would you have any house rules?
There are no rules at a Mausi pool party.
Find out more about Mausi and their upcoming tour dates here.
It’s Friday afternoon, which means you’re probably sitting at your desk counting down the minutes ’til the weekend begins! Never fear – we’ve found a great way to kill the time courtesy of these hot new music videos.
1. IGGY AZALEA FT. RITA ORA - ’BLACK WIDOW’
The sound? Ozzie rapper-girl Iggy Azalea gets a little vocal help from Rita Ora on new single ‘Black Widow’
The story? The pair show off their best Samurai moves in a Tarantino-inspired plot to bring down the bad guys (including Tarantino actor Michael Madsen). Kill Bill eat your heart out.
The sound? American rock kings The Black Keys are back with new track ‘Weight of Love’
The story? A beautiful but somewhat creepy cult of women (led by supermodel Lara Stone) live in a lighthouse on the beach, spending their time hair braiding and doing group aerobics. Directed by Miley Cyrus’ rumoured BF Theo Wenner, it has more of a short-film feel than your standard music vid
It’s never been cooler to be a dork. From tech fans to culture nerds and thoughtful indie kids, having a brain is totally on trend. That why we’re channeling all things adorkable, (that’s adorable and dorky), with off-beat clothes that don’t just follow the ‘cool’ crowd. But who are the muses for this geek-girl look? We run down our top three adorkable girls…
1. SUSIE BUBBLE
Who? Susie Bubble (really name Susanna Lau) – one of the first ever bloggers and a front-row regular at Fashion Week
Adorkable credentials: Since starting her blog Style Bubble in 2006, her quirky look and tech-savvy skills have made her everyone’s fav fashion geek
Style? Next-level clashing – we’re talking at least five colours and textures per outfit. Fluro fluffy bag anyone?
2. TAVI GEVINSON
Who? Tavi’s found fame at 11 yrs old with her fashion blog and now runs her own mag, Rookie - an online space for teenage girls
Adorkable credentials: As well as becoming a successful publisher before even leaving high school, Tavi’s been dubbed “the voice of a generation” and gives TED talks alongside the world’s top experts and ideas-generators. This girl’s got serious brains!
Style? Awkward silhouettes, off-kilter prints and seriously crazy hats make Tavi the poster girl for outsider chic
Who? ’90s Hollywood teen star best known for playing indie misfits in both American Beauty and Ghost World
Adorkable credentials: She wins top geek points for playing Enid Coleslaw in Ghost World. Based on a comic-book character, Enid’s encyclopaedic knowledge of off-beat culture and lightening quick-wit makes her the coolest geek in film
Style? Thick framed glasses, comic book tees, tartan kilts and clomping boots - you don’t get much more adorkable than that!