Grooming – models own.
The Lemon Twigs first album ‘Do Hollywood’ is exploding with precocious talent and already counts Alice Cooper and Elton John amongst its fans. Their musical knowledge and sophistication belies the fact that they are still in their teens, as Noisey puts it “They’re a meticulous team, creating a beautifully baroque psych mélange of The Beatles and The Beach Boys. Do Hollywood, is a feast of prog-pop curves, demented fairground refrains, and unexpected time signatures. They excel at lushly harmonised codas—jaunty one minute, forlorn the next—and neatly applied patinas of strings and brass. It’s an ambitious maximalist kind of pop.”
“When the D’Addario brothers talk about their childhood, it seems half their recollections are not memories but rather flashbacks of seeing themselves in home videos. There’s footage of the boys watching Yellow Submarine, the Dave Clarke Five movie, and The Monkees TV show. In one clip Michael sits in front of a keyboard trying to play “Strawberry Fields” (“I just didn’t have the capacity at five years old”). They’d obsessively watch the exhaustive doc The Beatles Anthology. “We know all eight parts and every aspect of their story,” declares Brian. “There’s nothing anyone could tell us about The Beatles that we wouldn’t know.”
“Along with being encyclopedic Beatles nerds, the pair have each mastered bass, keys, guitar, and drums, although onstage they switch off between the latter two instruments, each taking their turn to sing lead. “It’s weird to me that people couldn’t sing or do harmonies because we’ve been doing that since we were really little—our mom and dad taught us to do that,” offers Brian. “There’s a video of us putting our fingers in our ears, gathered around an unplugged mic, doing simple harmonies.”
Liam Arthur shot High Content magazine’s story featuring the new range of bags by Swedish designers Sandqvist. The online magazine partnered the launch of the Sandqvist Women’s AW16 range at London Fashion week at their flagship store in Soho.
Make up and hair: Mary-Jane Gotidoc using Black Opal Cosmetics / Bumble & Bumble
Styling: Nathan Klein
Model: Raine @ Leni’s Models
Clothes and accessories by Versace, Phillip Lim, Burberry, Prabal Gurung, and more.
Photography: Rebecca Miller
Stylist: Shala Rothenberg
Makeup by Colleen Runné at Kate Ryan Inc. using Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
Hair by Deborah Brider at Factory Downtown using Kerastase and T3 micro
Models: Clara McNair and Laura O’Grady
Manicurist: Evelyn Lim
Last week Scott Grummett was back with one of his regular clients, All Star Lanes, tasked with shooting Sean Soon, head of all things bar related and mixologist supreme, making some of their brand new cocktails.
As Scott puts it, ‘I strapped on the macro lens and got into the details of Sean’s process, aiming to capture some of the drama around his creations.’
Rebecca Miller photographed Natalie and Elliot Bergman, the duo at the heart of American rockers Wild Belle, for The Untitled Magazine. They were celebrating the release of their second album for Columbia, ‘Dreamland’. Brother and sister, they are definite about the importance of their relationship to the music. ‘Nothing gets between blood. We’re unbreakable. We have a bond that you can’t fuck up.’ said Natalie.
Here’s some of what The Untitled Magazine said about the band. ‘Growing up in a musical household in Chicago, a city known for its Bluesy roots, it was only natural for siblings Natalie and Elliot Bergman to form a band together. Known as Wild Belle, the duo’s signature style combines Elliot’s penchant for reggae rhythms and tropical sounds with Natalie’s raw vocals and rockstar swagger. Both musicians play instruments and collaborate on songwriting but it was Natalie’s life that provided the basis for their second full-length album, Dreamland. Reeling from the end of a romantic relationship, she packed up her bags and drove across country, settling in Venice, California. There she penned most of the album which proves to be a slightly darker follow-up to the band’s catchy debut, Isles.’
Styling: Tiffany Briseno @ Wilhelmina Artists
Hair by Deborah Brider using Shu Uemura Art of Hair
Make up by Tadayoshi Honda
Shot on location at The Carlton Hotel and The Millesime restaurant, NYC
As MH puts it, ‘It was inevitable. After more than a decade of slim-fit hegemony, wider cuts are rediscovering favour. Skinnies may still hog the high street, but from runway big-swingers (notably Topman Design) to modish design houses (see Acne Studios), looser silhouettes are dominating new collections. This is to be embraced: not only are they more becoming, wide legs offer a freedom of movement skinny jeans simply can’t. You just need to follow some basic rules.’
Kestin Hare hails from Edinburgh the home of the original store, although the empire has grown quickly to encompass Glasgow as well as Soho and Shoreditch. The style is sharp but understated with an emphasis on carefully sourced materials, attention to detail and a quality finish.
Pip shot the story in the conservatory at the Barbican in London. Kestin Hare art directed with Angela McBride, the stylist was Daniel Carey and the groomer was Tim Pateman.
Le Cool, London’s indispensable guide to what’s on and where, has interviewed Gavin Watson ahead of his appearance at Youth Club‘s First Tuesday event at Doomed Gallery in Dalston. First Tuesdays are a monthly event (naturally) with Youth Club hosting a new talk by a photographer alongside a limited edition of Photocopy Club zine. Gavin’s talk is subtitled ‘Time has Creative Power’ and is focused on the way the perception of his images has changed over the years as he tells Le Cool’s Josh Jones in this extract from the interview.
‘Normally I just do it off the cuff because I never expect anyone to fucking turn up! This time I’m going to take it in a certain direction because I usually end up talking about anthropology instead of photography, it tends to get into being a societal talk about the history and movements of people and culture. I’m a bit like, “hold up a minute, I got kicked out of school at 15, what the fuck am I talking about this for?” There’s a photographic story there that very rarely gets told because the power of the images take over from the fact I was really interested in photography and is the great love of my life. I rarely talk about my photographic journey, we end up talking about Skinheads, the history of Skinheads, the history of rave and the culture around that. The reason these photographs exist is because I took them, and I took them because I love photography and knew how to work a camera. I had a moment of clarity the other day that all the Skinhead stuff is my mundane, personal work that I never expected anyone to see. My first real job as a photographer was working for a music paper called Sounds. I spent three or four years photographing all the bands of the mid-80s, from Morrissey to the Pogues, The Proclaimers, Siouxsie and the Banshees – the list goes on. And no one knows that I did it. I forget that I did it! I am a well-rounded photographer – I wasn’t in a bubble of just me and my mates on a Shane Meadows movie set! I was pursuing a career in photography and the Skinheads stuff was just part of the wallpaper of the time, of course two decades later it’s become something totally different. I’ve seen my mundane life become a golden era, it’s become romanticised.’
Read the whole interview here.
Youth Club First Tuesday is at Doomed Gallery on Tuesday 5th April. Details here.
Rebecca Miller photographed Saoirse Ronan and her red carpet stylist Elizabeth Saltzman in London for The Hollywood Reporter. It was part of the magazine’s annual round up of awards season fashion, about who wore what and who styled them and who made it to the THR list of ‘The 25 Most Powerful Stylists in Hollywood.’
Elizabeth was ranked this year at number 4 and has in the past dressed Gwyneth Paltrow and Uma Thuman. She began working with Saoirse, who at 21 has already been nominated for two Oscars, this year and with great success but only after she had faced the challenge of Saoirse’s Irish name.
Saltzman: “My first time meeting Saoirse, I thought, ‘How am I going to say her name? What am I going to do? I’ll just call her ‘babe.’ ” (It’s pronounced “Ser-sha.”)
Ronan: “I’m glad you didn’t — I remember one time I was working with a photographer, and he kept calling me angel, and it really pissed me off.”
Elizabeth goes on to describe the high pressure process of getting the right dress for the Oscars. “We got a lot of pitches, but Francisco Costa just got it” says London-based Saltzman, a former Vanity Fair editor. Because of Ronan’s New York rehearsal schedule for The Crucible, the stylist conducted the fitting at midnight before the Oscars: “Saoirse put on the emerald, and the room stopped — her mom, her aunt, her hairstylist, Adir. … You felt the oooh,” recalls Saltzman. Adds Ronan of her carpet experience this past year: “Everything has felt like me but kind of pushing me out of my comfort zone.”
Rebecca photographed Elizabeth and Saoirse at The Soho Hotel in London and Saoirse’s dresses are by Tom Ford and Christopher Kane.
House and Garden commissioned Katie Quinn Davies to shoot Easter recipes in the KQD style for their April 2016 edition. It all looks fabulous but under pressure we’d probably go for the hay baked lamb with mint and capers.
Photographs and Art Direction: Katie Quinn Davies
Recipes: Caroline Barty
Food Preparation and Styling: Lizzie Kamenetzky
Table Styling: Jo Harris
Rebecca Miller‘s latest work from New York with the dramatic (and dramatically named) Symone Challenger.
Here’s the story in keywords: 60’s wig; Beautiful model; Beauty shoot; Beauty test; Colors; Deborah Brinder; Fashion and flowers; Flowers; Friends and Creatives; Mangly Hernandez; Silent Models; Stockland Martel; Symone Challenger; Yoshie Kubota; beauty and flowers; beauty shoot with flowers; beauty styling; bright colors; eyelashes; flower balls; gloves.
Photographer: Rebecca Miller @rebeccamiller99
Stylist: Mengly Hernandez @missmengly
Make up: Yoshie Kubota @yoshiekubota
Hair: Deborah Brider @deborahbrider
Symone is represented by Silent Models in New York.
The story was styled by Eric Down, groomed by Oscar Alexander, modeled by Tyler @ AMCK and shot in the neo-alpine surroundings of Bodo’s Schloss, amidst the high peaks of London W8.
For the last three years Jasper has been the Chairman and Chief Creative Director of The Conran Shops and has propelled the stores into the new century giving them back the energy and allure they had in their 1980’s heyday. As he told Vanity Fair’s Alice B-B he enjoys his role, as he says, ‘I like the theatre of a shop. Turns out I am a retailer!
Pip shot the legendary Bryan Ferry for his record label BMG. It’s over 40 years since his career began with Roxy Music and he’s a still contender for the world’s suavist man, looking as sharp as ever.
Mr Ferry is taking to the road with tour dates in spring 2016 and a special edition of his latest album Avonmore is out now.
Scott Grummett shot Belvedere Vodka‘s resident mixologist, the eminent Liam Cotter, for Shortlist Magazines’s Bond Issue. Liam has at Shortlist’s request invented a new take on James Bond’s classic tipple, the dry Martini. The shoot took place in the appropriately paneled surroundings of Hawksmoor in Spitalfields.
60ml Belvedere Unfiltered, 10ml dry Dolin Vermouth, A dash of peach bitters, a dash of Ardbeg, Green Olive.
Combine the ingredients and shake, don’t stir.
Scott’s verdict: A great crisp martini with a wonderful whiff of smoke from the Ardbeg. A proper man martini, drink enough and you will think you’re James Bond, Just don’t take the Aston home.
We don’t usually see Joe looking this sharp, here styled by Dan Blake, as his recent roles have included Chris in the very dark Southcliffe and the luckless Gendry in Game of Thrones, and he is about to reappear as Higgy in Shane Meadows This Is England 90.
Pip shot his layers story in the derelict greenhouse of a nursery near High Wycombe on the hottest day of the year. The model was Boyd Alves @Elite London, while Eric Down styled, with hair by Kevin Luchmun and make up by Yin Lee. Time to wrap up!
The photographic exhibition features 120 images from the PYMCA Archive which chart the twists and turns of style and youth culture over the last half century, with work from 50 photographers including Shoot’s Gavin Watson who provided the poster image above.
There’s also a screening room showing Dazed Digital‘s acclaimed Music Nation series and documentaries from independent film makers, like Will Robson-Scott and Nick Cunard, as well as a host of other cool things to do.
One Nation Under A Groove is open every day at SE1 8XX, The Festival Village under the Queen Elizabeth Hall. So get on down!
The cocktails all contain at least one unusual and esoteric key ingredient: soju from South Korea, baijiu from China, aquavit from Norway and arrack from Sri Lanka.
If you’re thirsty and desperate to find out more, go to Scott’s blog where you can find the recipes