On Saturday 6th June many will be descending on Haggerston Park for the one and only Born & Bred festival showcasing some of the biggest artists who have shaped the underground music scene for over two decades. These artists have been representing our city for a while now putting us on the map and bringing all different sorts of people together, united as one all with common ground.
The lineup this year is looking insane this year with stages from Born & bred, Wavey Garms, Swamp81 and Just Jam with acts like the legendary Goldie, the king of grime Wiley, Novelist, Logan Sama, Artful Dodger, Dj Luck & Mc Neat and many more that have been confirmed.
I think this for me is the strongest festival in London this year and if you aren’t there you are seriously gonna miss out. Tickets are almost on last release so get them quick if before they sell out: http://www.bornandbredfestival.com/
I have to say I thought LFW was good until I saw MFW, WOW!!! Milan has had a seriously strong AW fashion week and I am seriously impressed. Here is a list of some of my favourite collections:
- Ter Et Bantine – This is one of my favourite collections from MFW as I do love all black outfits but I also like how leather/wet look/pvc was incorporated into the pieces. This is a really strong collection and I think it’s extremely wearable.
- Roberto Cavalli – I love how Cavalli has incorporated animal prints into this collection without it looking trashy which they often tend to look. This is what a collection is meant to look like; all the looks go well together. The prints are just right for AW not too over the top and in your face.
- Versace – This collection reminds me of stylish workwear that you can transform into going out clothing as well. She has colour blocking down to a t and it’s perfect to have if you don’t want a boring wardrobe for that time of year.
- Philipp Plein – This is another one of my favourites as it’s streetwear and there is a whole lot of leather and pvc going on. The black and white theme throughout is so classy and elegant eventhough some of the pieces have slogans on. Someone give me an unlimited supply of money and I’d just be wearing this collection.
Those were some of my favourite collections but there are many more designers so go check them out.
Tbh when I heard that Kanye was actually going to perform on the brits I was initially not that fussed, however curiosity took over during the course of the night as I sat in anticipation waiting for him to come on stage. I have to say Kim Kardashian was looking absolutely flawless in her Julien Macdonald piece as she was given the privilege to introduce her hubby. I was pleasantly surprised to see Kanye with the whole squad on stage debuting ‘All Day’ another track from the new album. I was so happy to see that Kanye had brought out all the UK grime artists that I love with him (my mum was just happy because there was a stage with predominantly black people on it haha). With artists like skepta, jme, stormzy, fekky, novelist and many more it was so nice to see Kanye recognising the huge young talent of the UK and I have to say he gained mine and many other peoples respect that night. With his collection and all this new found respect I really do think it’s YEEZY SEASON!!!!
For such an observant person I’m not really sure how I managed to miss Caffy promoting the hell out of Mourning Birds but I am now officially kicking myself…metaphorically speaking of course. I first discovered Mourning Birds on valentines day where they played at The Amersham Arms along with Native People and the Nova Twins. It’s been quite a while since I last went to a gig (probably due to being distracted by the excitement of the underground rave scene) and I have to say Mourning Birds definitely rekindled my love for bands. Their fourth single ‘Leave me Alone’ is out now along with their video which was designed and produced Stephen James from ‘2steaks production’. The video correctly portrays what it’s like to actually be at one of their shows, with so much energy and passion captured within 2 and a half minutes it’s amazing and you can tell they love what they do. Mourning Birds have been recognised by BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music (a personal favourite of mine) and even NME who’ve said, “British balls-out garage-rock that picks you up, slams you over its knee, slaps your arse red and makes you run for it”. They’ve also been covered/commented on by two online magazines that I have previously written for (still not sure how I was so oblivious) including:
The Zine: “This is garage rock at its best”
God is in the tv: “Glorious gutter punk energy”
For anyone who hasn’t heard of them I’d definitely recommend you’d give them a listen; Mourning Birds are absolutely one to watch.
Check them out: https://soundcloud.com/mourning-birds
Upcoming show: The Black Heart, Camden – 5 March via Club Fandango (In association with Music Week)
My band pick for this week is Black Sonic Revolver from Manchester; the band started up in 2012 but the lineup was complete in 2013 by singer/songwriter Leon James Kenny. I love the fact that they don’t label themselves or put themselves under a certain genre as I think people are too quick to put people in a box, at the end of the day good music is good music no matter what genre it may or may not fit into. Their first full album was released a month ago and I have to say its a gooden. Some albums have just too much going on and can often not make any sense but BSR have got it right with a collection of songs that seem to compliment eachother really well. My personal favourites on the track are ‘waiting for you’, ‘up and down’ and ‘sometimes’. If you haven’t already heard the album I would highly advise you give it listen; I think big things are just around the corner for BSR you mark my words.
Check out the album here: https://soundcloud.com/blacksonicrevolver-1st-lp
Of course it has to be the amazingly, quirky Vivienne Westwood Red Label. This was the collection I was most looking forward to seeing yesterday and I definitely was not disappointed at all. Her collection was extremely striking and really came together as a whole. It included animal print and symmetrical shape patterned prints too with he models wearing bold red and black eye makeup which fitted in perfectly with the clothes. She had the beautiful Daisy Lowe close the show for her. Westwood shows that just because its autumn/winter you don’t have to dress down or be boring and that’s what I love about her.
For an overview on the show check here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlI4YE8ST3g
Gareth Pugh made his comeback to #LFW yesterday after 10 years and oh my he didn’t disappoint. A predominantly all black utilitarian punk feel to his collection the models strutted their stuff down the catwalk with a huge red cross painted on their faces, now if that’s not making a statement then I don’t know what is. The clothing itself was extremely structured and were definitely statement pieces. I loved this collection as I think it’s something different and fashion needs to be switched up ever now and again.
To view the catwalk show check here: http://www.londonfashionweek.co.uk/highlights.aspx?seasonid=53&Seasonday=2015-2-21&Day=2&videoid=1146
My favourite pick for day 1 LFW would have to be shrimps. I love fur myself and they really have thought outside the box for the AW15 using autumn coloured fur for their products. The models had minimal makeup on with uniform bold red lips and stand out eyebrows. There was a mix of all fur products and ones that only had selective fur detailing in.
To see videos and pictures of the collection check here: http://www.londonfashionweek.co.uk/designers_profile.aspx?DesignerID=2509
Street style is so important these days especially for the youth of this generation. We are all inspired from what we see when we’re out and about on a day to day basis. Fashion is a way for us to express ourselves and the different styles that we have and where better to find that than when we are going about our normal everyday lives. Regular street style images will be added to the blog at regular intervals.