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EDITORS LETTERS 04 DALLIANCE SOCIAL 06 LIFE ON TOUR: LISA MITCHELL 08 EDITORIAL: ESCAPISM 16 FOUNDERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PLAYLIST 34 YOUNG BRITISH DESIGNERS: 35 DEBRA HEPBURN YOUNG BRITISH DESIGNERS: TEIJA 44
YOUNG BRITISH DESIGNERS: CHARLIE MAY 48 YOUNG BRITISH DESIGNERS: JOE RICHARDS 52 EDITORIAL: LADY OF THE NIGHT 56 MEET THE BAND: PARADISIA 74 EDITORIAL: CITY LIMITS 86 BEFORE WE SAY GOODBYE 102
ow, this has taken me a long time to write and re-write again and again. I’m not entirely sure I have the words to truly express what I’m feeling when saying that this is the end of an incredible era at DALLIANCE, but here’s my best shot… After nearly fives years, we have made decision to bring our business to a close due to the different paths we’re both taking. It was a difficult decision, but it is also the right one I have been so overwhelmed with the support from friends, family, university tutors, fellow businesswomen and PR agents who have helped me get through such strong emotions but I am also so grateful for every opportunity, challenge and friends that DALLIANCE has provided. I’m excited to see what new opportunities wait ahead. In five months I will have graduated from university, started my new business and will be looking forward to go travelling. To our readers, to the writers, to the photographers, stylists and hair & make up artists. To the models, PR agents, talented featured guests, friends and family thank you. It’s been quite the wild ride and I couldn’t of picked a better way to spend my young adult years. Here’s to the future! I’m excited to see what’s instore and I’m ready to take on any obstacles that get in the way. Kylie Jenner you predicted it, this year was definitely the year of “just realising stuff ”. Out of all of this, I can say that DALLIANCE has really allowed me to find myself and I truly know who I am meant to be because of this close to five year adventure. One of them being a girl boss. Lastly, thank you to the incredible people who I’ve had the honour of working with and featuring for this last issue. Here’s to the big finale (over 100 pages big!). As always... Lots of love, Jasmine x
o they say all good things come to an end, right?
After four years of hard work, amazing opportunities and passion this marks the end of Dalliance Magazine. A bittersweet moment, but nevertheless, the right decision. Having started the magazine, alongside Jasmine when I was just 15 years old, my role in the publication no doubt shaped those crucial late teen years for me. I spent most of my time throughout high school tapping away at emails, planning editorials with PR agencies and working alongside creatives with experience way beyond mine. I often prioritised the magazine to going out, relaxing and even studying but I loved every single minute of it, and have no idea what I would’ve done if I hadn’t been able to channel my creative energy into something which I have cared so very deeply about.
I’m beyond thankful to all the incredible opportunities and memories I’ve experienced thanks to Dalliance Magazine. Being interviewed by Wharton Business School, photographed for the front page of the Financial Review and working alongside creatives from around the work to create editorials which have always been such a joy to work on & publish, have been amongst the highlights. Having often joked about the magazine as being our child, it’s definitely sad to let our “baby” go, but it’s also an exciting time where Jasmine & I now have the freedom, time and energy to branch off into new solo projects. Stay tuned! Hope you enjoyed reading Dalliance Magazine, as much as we enjoyed making it for you all these years. A huge thank you to our team, everyone who we have collaborated with and those who have been with us from the beginning. You all mean so much to us. With that note, we hope you enjoy this final issue. Lots of love, Laura x
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In February you'll be coming to the end of your tour, where has been your favourite place to perform so far and what will you miss the most about being on the road? I love touring in Europe! Playing in Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin and dear old London has been a dream and reminded me again of how much I love the gypsy seasons of my life… I will miss the sea of lovely faces each night and the half-scary, half thrilling feeling of sharing these private songs from my new album, ‘Warriors’. I hope it won’t be long till I’ll be back there again, probably with some new songs!
What is your favourite song to perform? My favourite song to perform is a new song off my new album, called ‘What is Love?’ It is a kind of soppy love-song about meeting my love for the first time. It’s also a quiet moment in the set as it’s just me and my old faithful acoustic guitar.
We can't even imagine how nerve wracking it can be to perform to audience. what advice can you give to people who get butterflies in their stomach before facing a crowd? I think embracing however you’re feeling is sometimes the most relaxing thing you can do. Letting go of any expectations around how you’ll feel or how you want the show or presentation to go has been a key realisation for me. Preparing as much as you can, and then allowing the unknown to happen is a great recipe if you can be disciplined enough to let go. Chaos literally reigns onstage; my advice is to let it! I have much to learn from chaos.
You must have seen some rather interesting stuff whilst being on tour, can you tell us where and what has been your most memorable moment? I have a fond memory of loading gear from the tour bus to the venue in Paris. It was actually on a different tour, I was supporting a London band, Bears Den. It was a bit of a walk and there were a lot of us, all grabbing something from the bus and then walking down the dirty little perfect Parisian streets and back again. It was monotonous work, but it was a sight. All these beautiful men and women, our ramshackle bunch of troubadours, laden with instruments, failing miserably to hide glints in eyes and springs in steps to be in Paris for sweet sweet music! What a dream! Tour is filled with these moments… Always a glorious contrast of shitness with splendor!
Name three songs that you like to listen to before going up on stage. I have a pre-show playlist for tour that I made to get us in the mood… The last three songs are: The Opposite of Us : Big Scary Don’t Wanna Fight : Alabama Shakes Coming Home : Leon Bridges
We have no doubt that life on tour can be pretty hectic so what do you like to do on your days off? On my days off I love to roam around on foot or on a bike, especially in Amsterdam and Melbourne! I adore cooking, so if I’m lucky enough to have a stove or an oven where I’m staying, I’ll take my time moseying around a local market, buy some fresh produce, put some Billy Bragg on, pour a glass of wine and cook something long-winded that I usually don’t have time for. I’m really into Amy Chaplin’s, ‘At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen’, it’s heaven. I actually have a cooking Instagram, actually, ‘ @kitchenalchemist’ that I update on days like these!
For those who are yet to discover your music, can you give us one word that describes your sound? Float.
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1 calm down dearest JAMIE T
6 goodbye angels RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS
2 sheila JAMIE T
7 stayin’ alive SAY LOU LOU
3 le temps est bon DEGIHEUGI
8 let’s dance to joy division THE WOMBATS
4 just BICEP
9 desperado RIHANNA
5 reflektor ARACDE FIRE
10 wolves KANYE WEST
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THE SUCCESS YOU HAVE ACHIEVED WITH YOUNG BRITISH DESIGNERS AND RBH IS INCREDIBLE, WHAT ADVICE HAVE YOU GOT FOR THOSE WANTING TO START THEIR OWN COMPANY? Want to do it above everything else. Have a clear vision of where you will fit/your point of difference/why the world needs you. Be prepared to work your ar*e off. Most entrepreneurs already have an all-consuming work ethic but in the early days no one can prepare you for the fact that you are involved in EVERYTHING from marketing your company to dealing with customers/supppliers to managing cashflow to vacuuming the office floor. And that it never stops. It’s more than all day every day because it invades your sleeping hours too. But that’s because it’s more than a job when you’re doing something you truly love and believe in. It’s a passion and a commitment and it brings more joy more of the time than it brings heartache. And those of us that do it just know we could never work for anyone else and possibly no one else would put up with us!
WE ALL CAN AGREE THAT BRITAIN’S SENSE OF STYLE IS INCOMPARABLE, WHAT DO YOU THINK MAKES THIS COUNTRIES FASHION DESIGNERS SO UNIQUE AND CAN YOU TELL US YOUR THREE FAVOURITE BRITISH DESIGNERS? Britain does fashion differently. Other countries have more of a continuum where styles evolve seamlessly into new seasons. In GB we are prepared to rip up the rule book and start all over again. We have a history of being anarchic, rebellious or even downright objectionable. We argue against the status quo and yet we do all of this with a very British twinkle in our eye. We maintain a sense of humour throughout. Impossible to choose just three designers but I’d have to place J.W.Anderson up there for his startling dissolution of the fashion monarchy. When we first encountered Jonathan we were so uncomfortable in the face of his deconstruction of the norm that we knew, we were in the presence of greatness. Just six years on he is still as wonderfully irreverent yet also very wearable. Another first on YBD was Rejina Pyo whose very first collection demonstrated a maturity way beyond her years but also a rare and singular aesthetic that blends sculpture and art to create pieces that are elegant and feminine yet always have distinctive and memorable elements of surprise to delight both the wearer and the viewer. I’d also have to include the quietly delectable beauty of Renli Su and the honest Scandi minimalism of Teija, both designers who also first appeared on YBD. I could go on but a visit to YBD will show you many more favourites!
IN GB WE ARE PREPARED TO RIP UP THE RULE BOOK AND START ALL OVER AGAIN. WE HAVE A HISTORY OF BEING ANARCHIC, REBELLIOUS OR EVEN DOWNRIGHT OBJECTIONABLE. WE ARGUE AGAINST THE STATUS QUO AND YET WE DO ALL OF THIS WITH A VERY BRITISH TWINKLE IN OUR EYE. WE MAINTAIN A SENSE OF HUMOUR THROUGHOUT.
THE FASHION INDUSTRY IS EXTREMELY COMPETITIVE AND SOMEWHAT DIFFICULT TO GET INTO, WHAT ADVICE HAVE YOU GOT FOR FASHION STUDENTS AND CAN YOU LET US IN ON YOUR SUCCESS STORY? I recently gave a talk on ‘Six Ways To Get Inside The Mind Of A Buyer’ which anyone who’d like a copy is welcome to ask for but it does start with the very fundamentals: 1. Your Name/Brand/Label needs to be right. Needs to be memorable. 2. You need a single sentence that describes who you are and why you are unique (Teija: The minimalist aesthetic is always married with Nordic folklore; Charlie May: Tailoring. Minimalism. Texture. Renli Su: The Renli Su label explores the idea of ‘Time & Memory’ for example) 3. Know who you are approaching and research them as much as you can. We still receive blank ‘to whom it may concern’ emails or worse, one addressed to another store, when a simple Google search would make things so much more personable! 4. Think through your stockist
strategy. Where is there a space for your aesthetic? What will you bring to the existing line-up? Who do you see as your peers? Where would you love to be stocked? Talk to other designers as much as you can about how different stockists work, how they treat emerging designers. Then when you approach make sure you are resolute in knowing the difference you can make to that individual potential stockist. 5. NEVER underestimate the importance of a good look book and a joined-up line sheet. Buyers are so busy and you need to make it easy for them. They will LOVE you for it. 6. Retail is in the detail and for most creative souls’ administration is an abhorrence! But if you sort all of the detail (sizes/composition/unique item codes/bank details etc etc) early on
it will help you avoid payment delays and confusion later on. My talk ended on this which is what I will always say to anyone wanting to break into fashion: There are lots of experts everywhere and you will no doubt meet many, many more as you move your brand forwards. Listen & learn by all means but always, always remember: This is YOUR brand. Something in your heart and soul and gut made you come up with this idea, this creation. You live & breathe it. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve probably sacrificed an awful lot to make it reality. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll definitely sacrifice more. Do NOT be swayed by whims, trends and whiles to make it something you feel uncomfortable with.
Do not be pressured to reinvent yourself season after season: In fact, if it feels right, discard seasons altogether. When you have a best seller then keep it as a signature piece; if 9, 90 or 900 people have bought it so far there are definitely thousands of other customers who have yet to discover it and fall in love with you because of it. Go with your gut feel and walk away from anything & everything that feels wrong; in my experience if it feels wrong it almost always is. Please be kind to yourself. This is a harsh, risky, all-consuming yet wonderful and exciting business. Acknowledge that & above all, enjoy it.
THE SELECTION OF DESIGNERS YOU’VE HAD AND CONTINUE TO HAVE AT YBD IS AMAZING, WHAT DO YOU AND JULIAN (CO-FOUNDER OF YOUNG BRITISH DESIGNERS) LOOK FOR WHEN SEEKING NEW TALENT? It used to be we went searching for talent at the Fashion Weeks and main shows but although we still do that we do get approached every single day by many, many new designers who now choose us first. We select quite viscerally. We have the luxury (and the risk) of buying what we love, the designers we believe in. The ones who make the fine hairs on your arms stand up on end. When we try to choose based on intellect/trends/previous sell-through it all goes horribly wrong. We’re about discovering the very best of the new wherever they come from. We consider ourselves very lucky as it is such a privilege to work amongst such talented creative people and to play some part in helping them achieve greatness.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE, WHO ARE YOUR STYLE ICONS AND HAVE YOU GOT ANY GO-TO BRANDS? My style is fairly laid back. I love being 54 and wearing our designers. I especially love pairing a girly flowing skirt with Doc Martens or trainers (I do have to do a lot of running around in the day!) and a knit or tee. I love dressing up when I get the chance but still manage to top a silk or velvet dress with a beaten-up army jacket. I can’t quite do full on glamour it seems. Designers I wear time and again include Klements with her darkly beautiful artful vibe, Charlie May for boy-girl coolness, Rejina’s sumptuous coats, Teija for minimal pieces that feel so incredible to wear, Aries for grownup streetwear, Simeon Farrar for joy, Lily Kamper for unique jewellery I need in every glorious colour, Dear Frances for ankle boots beyond compare… I could go on and on.
WE’RE ABOUT DISCOVERING THE VERY BEST OF THE NEW WHEREVER THEY COME FROM. WE CONSIDER OURSELVES VERY LUCKY AS IT IS SUCH A PRIVILEGE TO WORK AMONGST SUCH TALENTED CREATIVE PEOPLE AND TO PLAY SOME PART IN HELPING THEM ACHIEVE GREATNESS.
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WHEN YOU CREATE YOUR GARMENTS, DO YOU HAVE A SPECIFIC CLIENT IN MIND? IF SO, WHO IS THIS PERSON? I like to design for a geek. I like the presence of women who are intellectual and get lost in studying the details. Audrey Hepburn was definitely an early geek icon. I see that woman often buying my collection and that makes me happy.
SINCE LAUNCHING YOUR LABEL YOU HAVE ALREADY AMOUNTED SUCH GREAT SUCCESS, PARTICULARLY WHERE AWARDS ARE CONCERNED! WHATâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S THE BEST ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE TO ASPIRING YOUNG DESIGNERS? When I started the label, I was very protective about my work. It helps if you are open to change and develop in the process. My best experiences with the label have been where I have connected with other creatives in the process and enjoyed the wins with them. YBD was the first store who I presented the collection to. Against what you might expect from a fashion buyer, they were really open and encouraging. And they loved the collection! That meant a lot.
I LIKE TO SURROUND MYSELF WITH SOME ART REFERENCES AND PHOTOCOPIES FROM OLD PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVES. I LIKE TO FIND SOMETHING THAT SURPRISES ME AND MAKES MY MIND WONDER.
WE LOVE YOUR MINIMALISTIC APPROACH TO FASHION, WHERE DO YOU DRAW YOUR INSPIRATIONS FROM AND WHO WOULD YOU LOVE TO SEE WEAR YOUR DESIGNS? When I design, I like to surround myself with some art references and photocopies from old photography archives. I like to find something that surprises me and makes my mind wonder. I also like studying things that have deteriorated through time and wear. I find them quite moving, how the person’s body still shows in them. Sometimes it’s hard to recreate a detail that has been created by time. There is a very huge number of women who I would adore to see wearing the collection, so I don’t know where to start. At the moment, I would like to dress Linda Rodin because she has accomplished a lot and just looks very cool at 67, the singer Låpsley on stage because her music has given me lot at the late-night hours of working, and Sofia Helin because I love listening to Danish and her character Saga is the ultimate female geek.
WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS? I hope that we would have accomplished more things in the design and brand side with the label, while not losing any of our small label enthusiasm for the detail.
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IN 2008 YOU STARTED YOUR HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL BLOG ‘GIRL A LA MODE’, HOW DID YOUR BLOG INFLUENCE YOUR NAMESAKE LABEL AND DO YOU THINK THAT HAVING A PLATFORM SUCH AS A BLOG OR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT IS MANDATORY FOR START-UPS? Looking back, I really don’t think I could have started Charlie May without the success of Girl a la Mode. It enabled me to have a platform of women who were listening to what I had to say, and were into what I was into. So, when I started my label, my style was very much their style and the conversation continued. I love that with social media today you can really get instant feedback on a product. What everyone is loving and even when a customer has bought something and they share their experience and reason for buying with you. It’s very modern and powerful.
YOU HAVE ALREADY ACHIEVED SUCH AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF SUCCESS SINCE LAUNCHING YOUR LABEL IN 2011 BUT WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS AND ASPIRATIONS? My goal is to really expand this year with the launch of our menswear and some homeware too. I love designing and it doesn’t just stop at womens! We are growing hugely in Asia, Japan specifically, so I want to travel there more often and focus on acquiring great stores. Also, L.A is a big push for us especially with the men’s. Travelling is a big part of my world and nothing beats actually going to the city and getting a vibe for how the people dress and why they’d be into your product. It also helps to see the stores in person and not always expecting them to fit you into the Paris schedule.
I WAS NEVER CONCERNED THAT NOT GOING TO EITHER CSM OR LCF WAS GOING TO AFFECT ME IN ANY WAY, AND NEITHER SHOULD ANYONE ELSE.
COMING FROM DEVON, HOW HAS YOUR CHILDHOOD SURROUNDINGS INSPIRED YOUR DESIGNS AND ASIDE FROM PLACES WHAT ELSE INSPIRES YOU IN THE DESIGN PROCESS? I didn’t realise it was such a place of inspiration to me until I left to study, as soon as you get into the city life you realise how perfect and quiet the country life is. My colour palettes are inspired by the rugged coastlines and countryside of where I’m from in the south west. I grew up on the farm so I’m a real tomboy at heart.
OFTEN THOSE WHO SEEK TO WORK IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY ARE TOLD TO STUDY AT CENTRAL SAINT MARTIN’S OR LONDON COLLEGE OF FASHION. YOU GRADUATED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST ENGLAND IN BRISTOL, WHAT ADVICE HAVE YOU GOT FOR THOSE WORRIED THAT THEY WON’T GET ACCEPTED IN THE RENOWNED UNIVERSITIES? For me I didn’t want to head straight to London from the countryside and Bristol was wonderfully creative. It’s very much focused on the design and making side which I loved. I already did a business course at college so I had a bit of nous on where I wanted to be. A lot of running a fashion label is learnt on the job though, as with any business and try different things to see what works. I was never concerned that not going to either CSM or LCF was going to affect me in any way, and neither should anyone else.
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HAVE YOU EVER QUESTIONED YOUR WORK AND TALENT? IF SO, HOW DID YOU WORK THROUGH IT? For everything to stay the same, everything must change... I’m always evaluating and deciding... that is one of the best things about working within this industry with such deadlines, you need to make decisions which are consistent and so you often need to build in a percentage of trust - trust on your own instinct - for ideas which are proven within yourself on no more than a gut feeling... And that is a learnt impulse, which needs courage to listen to and will haunt you if you ignore.
CAN YOU TELL US HOW YOU GOT INTO THE INDUSTRY AND WHAT’S THE BEST AND WORST THING YOU HAVE DISCOVERED ABOUT THE FASHION INDUSTRY? My entry came from Zowie Broach who is now in charge of fashion at The RCA but then was my tutor, she introduced me to an editor called Marko Marysik, whom I started to work for in the 2nd term of my first year at The University of Westminster, who invited me to assist him during the Haute Couture season in the summer in Paris, which totally changed my life. Best thing: the creative process. Worst thing probably how quickly time passes.
TO BE THE BEST THAT YOU CAN BE, TO REALISE THAT WHERE EVER YOU WORK, THAT YOU ARE THERE TO HELP THAT TEAM, LEAD BY THAT PERSON TO DO THE BEST JOB THAT THEY CAN DO. MY MAIN SUCCESSES HAVE COME FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE TRUSTED ME, SO I WOULD SAY BUILD YOUR REPUTATION ON THAT.
YOU’VE INTERNED AND WORKED AT MULTIPLE FAMOUS HOUSES SUCH AS DIOR, LANVIN AND CELINE, WHAT ADVICE HAVE YOU GOT FOR THOSE LACKING THE CONFIDENCE TO APPLY TO SUCH BIG NAMES? To be the best that you can be, to realise that where ever you work, that you are there to help that team, lead by that person to do the best job that they can do. My main successes have come from people who have trusted me, so I would say build your reputation on that, be thorough and calm, do you best with everything that you do... To start with if you are photocopying make sure it’s a beautiful print, if you are collecting someone’s lunch, make sure it arrives hot...
CAN YOU TAKE US THROUGH THE PROCESS FROM RESEARCH TO THE FINAL COLLECTION FOR YOUR AW16 COLLECTION? AW16 was a special season to develop, I wanted to explore ideas of movement and freedom through a collection which I titled ‘The migration of the mind’. I was thinking a lot about the masses of people moving in Europe, escaping their homelands often with very little, layers of emotional fabrics... Which lead me to develop fabrics which felt very filmic and poetic... Imagining Georgia O’Keeffe equestrian bleached cottons in New Mexico, the pleated satin dresses of Fortuny in 1910 Venice, or the art-deco leather flight jackets of Amelia Earhart... I amassed images from favourite libraries, from the fashion museum archive in Bath and made a lot of toiles and drew, developing the fabric stories simultaneously... My friend Cecilia Chancellor fitted each piece, in Bath and in London - while I pinned she recounted her adventures which inspired me a lot... This collection was just that - an assorted selection of pieces seemly taken from a life - a dream life.
LADY OF THE NIGHT Photographed by Mike Monaghan / mikemonaghanphoto.com Styled by Alyssa Blanco / alyssablanco.com Modeled by Abigail VanSteenberghe at Option Model & Media / optionmodelandmedia.com MUA & hair by Taylour Chanel / taylourchanel.com
Bralette: Taryn Winters Green Fur Bomber: Zara Printed Peplum Skirt: Zara Brown Boots: Aquatalia Earrings: Vintage
White Ruffled Off The Shoulder Top: Please Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Tell Shop Metallic Skirt: Zara Earrings: Vintage Shoes: L.A.M.B
Sheer Bodysuit: Taryn Winters Pink Lamb Wool Skirt: Atlas Clothing Boots: Cape Robbin Earrings: Vintage Sequinned Bomber Jacket: Atlas Clothing
White Laser Cut Dress: DKNY Metallic Bomber Jacket: Zara Earrings: Vintage
Striped Sequinned A-Line Dress: Kate Spade Faux Fur Cheetah Print Coat: Please Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Tell Shop Red Cut-out Boots: Aldo Earrings: Vintage
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EARLIER THIS YEAR YOU SHOWCASED ‘SILENT LOVER’ AND THIS MONTH YOU RELEASED YOUR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED ‘WARPAINT’, WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOU GIRLS IN THE FUTURE? CAN WE PLEASE HAVE AN ALBUM RELEASE SOON! Sophie-Rose: Hold tight our debut album is due for release next year!
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Anna: We’ve got two videos coming up for “Warpaint” and “Dancing in The Dark” that we are currently working on with a duo called “Silent Tapes”. Kristy: You can definitely expect a lot of shows in the new year, along with our album release!
WELL DONE ON THE RELEASE OF ‘WARPAINT’, WE LOVE IT! CAN YOU TELL US WHAT INSPIRED THE SONG AND WHAT EFFECT WOULD YOU LIKE FOR IT TO HAVE ON PEOPLE? Sophie-Rose: Thank you, Warpaint is a definite favourite in the Paradisia HQ. The song is inspired by the power that comes from women uniting, I think when the girls and I decided to work together we felt in instant shift in our lives because of the force that came from us locking ourselves away, creating and working hard to make Paradisia what it is. I’d like people to relate in some way with it and take from that a sense of empowerment and inner strength. Kristy: I think with Warpaint there are lots of ways you can interpret the song. We want to be able to empower the listeners and make them feel like they can conquer whatever it is in their personal life that they need to.
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ASIDE FROM MUSIC, YOU ALL HAVE INCREDIBLE STYLE! WHO DO YOU LOOK TO FOR STYLE INSPIRATION, HAVE YOU GOT ANY GO-TO BRANDS AND CAN YOU LET US IN ON YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING FASHION MOMENT? Sophie-Rose: I’ve got an array of 70s style high waisted trousers that I wear onstage. On one occasion we supported Paolo Nutini and for this show I thought I’d pull my loud, patterned silk ones for the occasion. After our show there was a number of comments on our twitter feed asking why I was wearing my pyjama’s on stage? They are now only worn around the house, oh dear. I generally find myself picking inspo from classic designers where there’s a timelessness to their creations such as Saint Laurent, Celine, Isabel Marant, all things French and 70’s. I think there’s nothing sexier than someone who looks effortless and comfortable within that. Anna: I find any thing can be inspiring in terms of style, from art to photography to street style to vintage and runway stuff… I think it’s important to keep the sources as varied as possible to keep your style fresh and exciting. Most embarrassing fashion moment would be when we supported Laura Mvula at the Royal Theatre in Brighton, I was wearing a vintage corset and the zip broke into pieces
and I wasn’t wearing anything underneath. Thankfully it didn’t happen during our performance, just when we were watching Laura but let’s just say that was a very awkward long walk back to our dressing room. Kristy: Thanks! I look at all sorts of things for inspiration. Fashion Blogs, photography, celebs (Solange is my fave at the moment), high end fashion brands – could be anything. I do love a good flick through a fashion mag too. My go to brands have to be Zara and ASOS. Whenever I’m struggling they usually have something I’m after! I’m sure there have been a few embarrassing fashion moments but one I remember is wearing really high heels on stage, but failed to test it out before in sound check playing the keyboard in them. Therefor when I got on stage my keyboard was really low and I was really high! Was a pretty awkward set for me.
THERE’S NO DENYING YOU GIRLS PRODUCE KILLER COVERS (BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’S ‘DANCING IN THE DARK’ – AMAZING!), WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE COVER TO PRODUCE, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO COVER NEXT AND IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY ARTIST COVER ‘WARPAINT’ WHO WOULD IT BE? Sophie-Rose: Great question! We like to cover other songs as well as ‘Dancing in the dark’, we’ve recently worked on ‘cause I’m a man’ by Tame Impala. Kristy learnt guitar especially and it’s just a really fun song to play live, I think it’s in my top 5 songs I wish I’d written. I’d like to cover ‘Cranes in the sky’ by Solange, it’s a singers dream with all it’s vocal layers.I would love to hear Frank Ocean do a version of Warpaint, I think he’d completely change it and make it really cool verging on pretentious. Anna: Recording ‘Dancing in the dark’ was a really special experience to me. We recorded it on the last day of a 14-day stint in a studio in Hannover and we were all knackered and borderline loosing our minds. Then it just happened naturally, we just ran it over a few times and recorded the whole thing super fast and naturally it was a no brainer, it just happened. We then sang the vocals together in the same room which was so special to be singing and be able to all look at each other at the same time. We put the harp through a guitar amp and covered it with all these blankets and it sounded so good, plus I got to do some proper harpy dreamy frills. I’d love Whitney to cover Warpaint I’d be interested to see how their arrangement would be and with a male’s tone. Kristy: We have recently been playing a Beyoncé cover in our live set. I’ve always been a fan of the Queen B, but this particular song (Pray you catch me) just grabbed me from the first listen. I had been diddying around singing and playing it on the keyboard for a while until the girls said, lets just play it! This is a favourite for me at the moment. I think it would be interesting to hear Laura Mvula cover Warpaint, just because her style is so different and could probably do something really interesting with it.
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LASTLY, YOU’VE RECENTLY BEEN DOING GIGS HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE. WHERE HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO PERFORM, WHAT IS YOUR BEST MEMORY AND CAN YOU TELL US WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING ON THE ROAD WITH EACH OTHER? Sophie-Rose: I love playing in LDN of course, it’s our hometown and we have been lucky enough to sell out each show we’ve done here but I loved supporting Tom Jones in the Summer, the sheer scale of the show was so big I didn’t even realise until half way through that our faces were on a screen behind us, 10,000 people and all very welcoming even though it’s not our generation. An experience I’ll never forget! The best thing about touring with Kristy and Anna is that we are so connected now having been through almost every state of emotion in front of each other and gone through the happiest and saddest of times together it means we are sort of built to tour together, it can be really testing for any band but we’re sort of so thick skinned that it’s almost seamless. Anna: Two weeks ago we played at Moth Club in London and as our hometown it’s always a hard one to pull, but it was an overwhelming experience and was my favourite show we’ve ever played! The crowd’s response was really positive. We also played Hyde park this summer and the vibe between all the bands playing was really cool, everyone hanging out together and somehow our guitarist Jonny managed to take over the
after party on the decks. We just had the best time dancing with the rest of the band, and Carole King killed it! The best thing about being on the road with each other I guess is that we know each other so well and we have a great dynamic between the three of us in how complimentary our personalities are. We literally are either with each other all the time or on whatsapp talking 24/7. Either we’re having a laugh or working our ass’ off to make things happen. Kristy: I have to say, since me and the girls formed as Paradisia we have been so fortunate to have so many amazing gigs, all this year! It’s really difficult to choose but one that has stuck with me was when we played Green Man festival in August. To be honest we really didn’t know what to expect. With a really short notice slot on the smallest stage it actually ended up being incredible. The place was completely packed with people coming from left right and center to come and watch us. It was such an amazing feeling watching the audience of strangers grow throughout our whole set. By the end they were wanting more! I think we all had a little cry after that one. The girls are my sisters and being on the road with them is always a pleasure.
IF YOU COULD COLLABORATE WITH ANYONE WHO WOULD IT BE? Sophie-Rose: Frank Ocean Anna: Tame Impala/ Kevin Parker Kristy: Paolo Nutini
Sophie-Rose: Cause I’m a man by Tame Impala Anna: Mushaboom by Feist Kristy: Mad Behaviour by Izzy Bizu
NAME THREE SONGS YOU LISTEN TO BEFORE GOING UP ON STAGE. Sophie-Rose: ‘IT’ by Christine and The Queens (I feel fierce when that song comes on) Anna: Chance the rapper “No Problem” Kristy: ‘Freddie’ Age of Luna
FOR THOSE WHO ARE YET TO DISCOVER THE INCREDIBLE TALENT THAT IS PARADISIA, CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND IN ONE WORD? Sophie-Rose: Dreamy Anna: Exquisite Kristy: Pure
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BEFORE WE SAY GOODBYE
what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re loving
As the festive season approached, we’ve been anticipating the indulgence of new gifts, such as new tattoos by @alinatu, Zoeva make-up brushes and Jouer lipglosses. Plus, as we’ve been bringing our business to an end, we’ve no undeniably been loving the support and time spent with our friends. After a difficult few months coming to terms with saying goodbye to Dalliance, it is now time to give them support, so without further ado, give around of applause of these badass bitches: @missrachelalice, @styledbymysister and @frankie_littlesmakeup thanks for everything!