ENDLESS SUMMER SERIES: HANNAH COHEN

Posted on August 19, 2015

 
As part of our Endless Summer music event series we’ve been tapping up the hottest talent to host and play to our local fans. Enter Hannah Cohen, the seriously cool singer songwriter who has been on our radar since we fell for her music video Child Bride, and who will be taking the stage this weekend at our New York show at The Freehold in Brooklyn. The starlet, who has recently released her gorgeous new album Pleasure Boy, took some time to chat with the beautiful songstress on her year of touring and hanging out with her cats…
You’ve been working in music for a number of years – how has your music changed and evolved?

I was originally writing on guitar. I now have been writing on keyboards, autoharp and also trying out different instruments which affect my voice and songwriting. I think it’s always going to be evolving, I don’t want to  do the same thing on every record.

What’s been the single biggest influence on your music?

Its hard to pinpoint just one thing. I guess my relationships. I reflect on what’s going in my life, what’s happening with me. I tend to write pretty personal songs so I guess my happiness and my surroundings really affect my music.

What’s been your best moment of 2015 so far?

I think touring, playing as much as possible, and just being on the road – I’ve really enjoyed that. I guess maybe going to the Dominican Republic to shoot a music video. That was fun! We were down there for just a few days but it was pretty magical. But traveling, meeting new people, and getting to play music – it’s been a good year for that. Also  playing at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. I was opening for Paul Weller and that was the end of a two week East Coast tour. That show just felt really great.

What musical artist has been the most influential?

I listen to a wide variety of music. A lot of brazilian groups, soul, blues, old country, experimental music and new wave. I think I take bits a pieces of all of that. I grew up listening to Billie Holiday religiously so I’m sure her phrasing and her tone has definitely rubbed of on me.
How does living in NY inspire your music?
By the musicians that I work with and people that I’m able to be in touch with. There’s a really great music community. There’s so much to New York. Sometimes I forget that I live here. I get stuck in my apartment writing or working. You forget that you’re in this incredible city.
How does style and fashion come into your music, if at all?
I’m eclectic all around. Musically and style wise. I really love to dress up especially on stage. When you feel good in an outfit you can project even more. I love dressing up, wearing costumes and make up. I think it affects how good you feel on stage. It’s always changing for me. I kind of just wear what I’m into at the moment.
How would you describe your performance style?
Moody, witchy! I’m still figuring out what my on stage style is. My music is always changing so with that the performance will change as well.
What’s your favourite thing to do on your day off in New York?
I like to walk around the city, listen to music. Hang out with my cats, that’s number one. I like to cook. The usual, nothing too outlandish.
What can we expect from you set?
I’m going to be playing guitar and having some accompaniment on keyboards.  Its going to be a little more simple than the usual since we won’t have a drummer. Getting back to my roots, my guitar which I haven’t been playing as much of lately while performing – I’m going back to basics!
 Get free entry to Hannah Cohen’s gig at our Endless Summer music series this weekend right, here.

ON OUR PLAYLIST: PAPER TOWNS SOUNDTRACK

Posted on August 18, 2015

It feels like we’ve been waiting for Cara’s latest movie, Paper Towns, to be released forever. Yesterday, it landed in UK cinemas, bringing with it the best soundtrack we’ve heard in a long time. The story follows adorable geek Quentin (Nat Wolff) as he embarks on a mission to find his childhood friend – and potential love of his life – Margo (Cara Delevingne) after she disappears after a night of playing pranks on her ex-friends. Cue loads of amazing high school/road trip/party moments featuring tracks from Haim, Kindness and Santigold – seriously feel good vibes. Listen to ten of our favourites from the soundtrack below.

KINDNESS – SWINGIN’ PARTY

TWIN SHADOW – TO THE TOP

VANCE JOY – GREAT SUMMER

SAM BRUNO – SEARCH PARTY

SON LUX – LOST IT TO TRYING

HAIM – FALLING

SANTIGOLD – RADIO

GROUPLOVE – NO DRAMA QUEEN

THE WAR ON DRUGS – BURNING

BON IVER – RE: STACKS

Paper Towns is out now. © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

KEY TO FREEDOM: THE LOWDOWN

Posted on August 14, 2015

This week saw the launch of our latest Key to Freedom collection – a mix of beautifully hand-printed kimonos, scarves, weekend and make-up bags, created by women who’ve been helped by The Women’s Interlink Foundation. Haven’t heard of it? Here’s what you need to know: The Key to Freedom project (based in West Bengal in India) helps vulnerable young women who’ve been victims of domestic abuse. They’re given somewhere to live and taught the skills they need to create unique pieces, from sewing to dyeing and textile printing. The result is our exclusive Key to Freedom collection – which started out as a selection of simple scarves, and now spans a range of pieces in the prettiest colourful prints, with all proceeds of its sales going straight to the charity. Want to see how to wear the collection yourself? Get some inspiration from Personal Shopper Hannah Twist and see how she styled her favourite pieces below.

Shop Key to Freedom here.

THE MOD STYLE TIMELINE

Posted on August 12, 2015

This season is full of super-short mini skirts, knee-high boots and knitted polo necks, which can mean only one thing: Mod style is back, in a big way. Before you try out the AW15 version of the ever-recurring trend for yourself, we’re taking you on a timeline tour of Mod history, from its ’50s arrival to its swinging ’60s heyday and how we’re wearing the subculture style today.

THE MOD IS BORN
Mods arrived on the scene in the ’50s as a small group of guys called ‘Modernists’ who listened to modern jazz and dressed in sharp suits.

THE ’60s SITUATION
By the early ’60s Mods were a well-known subculture, who identified with Lambretta scooters, all-night coffee shop parties and early RnB and Blues music – think Manfred Mann and The Rolling Stones.

SWINGING LONDON
As the music scene got bigger, so did the subculture and by the mid ’60s Mod style was in full swing. The mini-skirt was the item of the moment and Twiggy was the poster girl. The Mods of the moment became notorious for their beef with fellow subculture Rockers, which led to frequent riots.

THE COMEBACK
After dying down, the release of iconic Mod/Rocker rivalry film Quadrophenia and bands like The Jam brought back another round of Mod style. This time it was taken on by ’80s skinheads (use This Is England as your inspiration) and preppy pieces were toughened up with Dr Martens and braces.

THE COMEBACK 2.0
The arrival of Britpop influenced another wave of Mod wardrobes in the early ’90s thanks to bands like Oasis and Blur.

TAKE IT TO 2015
We’re falling in love with Mod style all over again. Want to try it? Head here to try out the key pieces, with inspiration from the icons who wore them best.

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ILLUSTRATED PEOPLE X BABYFACE

Posted on August 11, 2015

What’s cooler than a slogan tee? A slogan tee designed to celebrate creative girls doing amazing things, that’s what. Today sees the launch of a limited edition t-shirt created by Illustrated People and all-female collective BabyFace. (Which we may add is available now at Topshop Oxford Circus.) If you haven’t heard of BabyFace yet, here’s your need to know: Founded by best pals Claire Burman and Nellie Eden, it works as ‘a little black book of the smartest and savviest girls around’, giving likeminded ladies the chance to meet, collaborate and discuss their upcoming projects and plans.

For their latest endeavour, the dream team have joined forces with Illustrated People to create a one-off tee design celebrating their girl gang of talent. To showcase the tee, Creative Director of Illustrated People Phoebe Lettice-Thompson shot a troop of BabyFace girls (including documentarian Jade Jackman and photographer Leonn Ward) on London’s Telegraph Hill this weekend – check out the exclusive behind-the-scenes images and prepare to get your girl power on.

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