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Jessica Chastain

Daring is an art


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Hype is a funny old thing. Should we trust it? We at Rollacoaster believe that, rather than being told about “the next best thing” - a term bandied about in the creative industries - it’s much more fun to find out for yourself. In this issue, we focus our efforts on exposing raw young talent - talent we can’t help but get behind. our new front section, Roll Up, seeks to unearth a new generation of creativity in the ever-mercurial worlds of fashion, music, film and TV. In it, we ask musicians like Grimes, Flying Lotus and Friends to spotlight a nascent band they’ve lofty hopes for, pick the brains of four of London fashion’s leading young designers and preview a horde of silver screen smashes-to-be. We swap some home truths with cover star and West End Girl of the minute Rita ora whose hook-driven debut album Ora just dropped on Jay-Z’s label Roc Nation - and pin down a host of reality music TV’s most outspoken recent exports for our Generation ‘X’ feature. Fashion inspiration-needs this season are catered for, too - captured by some of the world’s foremost young photographers. We at Rollacoaster never - and won’t ever - stop the search for gifted emerging talent, and why would we? It’s there for the taking. Grab it - and spread the word. JaCk Mills


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“The band I love right now are called Splash. They’re a bunch of superhumanly funky boys who have such a cool philosophy on life. They all live and work at a yoga studio/venue in the Brooklyn neighbourhood of Bushwick and are raw foodies and healthy hedonists, which means they like to party and have fun but are all about heightening the experience, rather than diminishing it. They just went on tour with us in the US and have only put out one single so far - but I’m so excited about them because they have a cool backstory and their music’s amazing. They are very much needed in the world right now - they’re intensely positive, but in a genuinely radical and progressive way. The lead singer is an opera-trained transsexual called Sasha, with the most amazing voice and they play this R&B disco funk that’s just incredible.”



“This is my favourite new band right now. They really fulfil my need for sonically new sounds but are also super-emotionally resonant. I get shivers when I listen to them, which is usually my barometer for deciding if music is truly exceptional. Their art direction is also amazing - they use a lot of anime and Chinese opera imagery. They’re from Montreal, and were performing crazy noise music operas in punk warehouse venues like three years ago, so they’ve got mad street cred.”



“Peace are from the new B-Town scene in Birmingham. They write massive anthems, like an alternative take on 90s Britpop and grunge mixed with a real teenage swagger. Peace have an “us against the world” attitude - it’s a confidence you don’t see with many musicians anymore. It’s almost more embarrassing to be in a band than not these days, like being in a band is a dirty secret. Peace have an inspirational attitude: they live for the music and for the band. They’re much younger than us - about 19 or 20 - but I look up to them. There’s almost a spiritual freedom to their music.”

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liars - undoubtedly one of rollacoaster’s bands of the century - returned in July with their most melancholic, introspective record to date, wiXiw. the band’s luminary vocalist, angus andrew, picks black bananas - headed by Jennifer herrema of deceased scuzzy blues band royal truX.

“Black Bananas manage to blend dance production with heavy metal in a fresh and cohesive way, while retaining the spirit and the detail of both genres. Electronic sounds reminiscent of Zapp & Roger lay the base for guitars that would rip on a Ratt record. This combination not only sounds appropriate in the “anything goes” feel of the Black Bananas’ album Rad Times Xpress lV, but you are also given an appropriately futuristic narrative delivered in the vocals to further detail this world without rules. I think to overintellectualise Black Bananas is not the point. It would do a disservice to what their music actually achieves that reckless excitement and abandon. Needless to say, there isn’t any retro vomit nostalgia or treading water, but a new band that’s pushing boundaries in a way that makes everyone else making music look like they’re standing still.”

FlYInG lOTUS steven ellison - aka flying lotus, flylo, et al. - renews his tenure as master and commander of new, weird Jazz-tinged electronica with until the Quiet comes, his fourth lp. he nominates fellow chopper and screwer, Jeremiah Jae.


ryan Jarman of garage rock die-hards the cribs nominates thrillionaire – an la set worthy of the “krautwork revivalism” tag we Just made up.

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“Thrillionaire are Jen Turner and Henrietta Tiefenthaler. Musically, the term that comes up quite a lot is Krautrock and I can definitely hear that influence at work, but it is also very hypnotic and that’s the most striking aspect to me. It feels like “late night” music - take that how you will. I hate trying to describe the music someone makes, I find it awkward and a little embarrassing, so I’d say the best thing to do is just check it out for yourself. The internet is a wonderful thing ain’t it?! I’ve heard quite a lot of the album they are working on and I have to say it’s really rather enchanting. It’s pretty out there.”

“There is a kid called Jeremiah Jae that I really, really, really like. He’s a very talented producer from Chicago, but right now he’s in Los Angeles. He’s very genuine and understanding, and has a passion for creativity. He makes garage-based hip-hop, if that’s a way to describe it properly. It’s full of ideas; he talks a lot about things that interest me, like dreams and mystical experiences. I’m really drawn to that stuff. It’s still raw and it’s got that big rhyme to it what hip-hop should be. I got into his music through some remixes he did for some artists - not official remixes, but bootlegs.”


GHOSTpOET solo midnight hip-hop proJect, ghostpoet - the stage name of obaro eJimiwe - selects hypnagogia -obsessed synth group troumaca.

“Troumaca are a five-piece band based in Birmingham that create this intoxicating mix of hedonistic, tropical, UK-bass driven indie magic. I’m totally in love with their music at the moment and inspired by what they’re doing visually - watching them live is a real joy. I think they’re definitely worth keeping both eyes and ears on. I like getting excited about new music and this lot are pushing the right buttons, in my opinion.”



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MIsFITs (lAte OctOber, e4)

The cult hit returns to our screens this October for its fourth series after a major cast shake-up. Who can blame E4? After the last series’ head-scratching time travel plot and limp Alisha/Simon romance, no wonder they’re getting new blood in. Enter Jess (Karla Crome) and Finn (Nathan McMullen), who don regulation-issue boiler suits to join the ASBO-happy gang. Sharp and snarky Jess has X-ray vision, naively optimistic Finn is telekinetic, while oldies Curtis (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett) and Rudy (Joe Gilgun) are still kicking about the community centre. There’s also a mysterious newbie in the form of Alex (Matt Stokoe), the sexiest guy on the estate. Creator Howard Overman and producer Matt Strevens are keeping mum over any plot developments, but they promise a six foot tall rabbit is somehow involved – Donnie Darko, anyone? We can’t wait. As E4 puts it: “The future’s bright. The future’s still a dirty shade of orange.”

HOMeLand (lAte Autumn, chAnnel 4)

Osama’s dead, but you’d never know it from the way Homeland goes on about terrorism. The second season of the Emmy-winning show sees Carrie (Claire Danes) back in action as everyone’s favourite bipolar CIA agent, this time after a revitalising bout of electroshock therapy. Brody (Damian Lewis), on the other hand, is slowly unravelling under the pressure of his double life. Family man and aspiring senator or terrorist sleeper agent? Either way, he must be the only ginger al-Qaeda operative in history. Brody’s keeping his cards close to his chest, or at least until Carrie gets back on the case with her maniacally obsessive genius. Obama’s called this Showtime series his favourite show, and we’re inclined to agree. It’s full of jaw-dropping cliffhangers and twists, and the new series promises to have more double-crossing and scandal than a Republican National Party convention.

GIRLs (OctOber, Sky AtlAntic)

The so-called Sex and the City for the iPod generation finally hits British shores after a rocky start in America. First labelled as a show for whiny middle-class hipsters, Girls eventually won audiences over with its unflinching look at 20-somethingyear-old life: STI infections, sexting, and skanky warehouse parties (in that order). Lena Dunham does triple duty as director, writer and actor, and admirably manages the Herculean task of making severely unlikeable characters incredibly appealing - especially considering her protagonist Hannah is an unsuccessful writer whose sole literary output consists of bitchy diary entries about her best friend. It’s been a while since we had a TV show that so fondly depicted young women as the hysterical, clothes-obsessed succubi they really are – just kidding, that’s SATC! Girls is better. No wonder it’s been renewed by HBO.

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FILM LOOPeR (September 28)

Sci-fi gets a smart, sexy twist with Looper, thanks in no small part to Joseph Gordon-Levitt in this mindbending time travel film. The (500) Days Of Summer star plays your standard gun-toting hitman, Simmons, with one crucial twist – his victims are transported from the future to be killed. But when Simmons recognises his target as a future version of himself (played by Bruce Willis) and allows him to escape, he’s forced to go on the run in search for answers. Confused yet? So are we. But seeing as it’s directed by Rian Johnson, the genius behind high-school film noir Brick, we’ve got high hopes this won’t approach Total Recall-levels of sci-fi schlock. Early reviews have compared it favourably to Duncan Jones’ thoughtful space-station drama Moon – and with Gordon-Levitt’s star in the ascendance after his performance in The Dark Knight Rises, we’re sure this film is set for big things.

HOLy MOTORs (September 28)

French director Leo Carax was the talk of Cannes this year with Holy Motors, a film so deeply bizarre that critics are still arguing over what exactly it’s about. In a nutshell: a mysterious figure called Monsieur Oliver (Denis Lavant) is chauffeured around Paris in a white stretch limo to attend various appointments, all of which involve him donning a perplexing array of costumes and latex face masks. In one scene, he’s a beggar woman; in another, a contract killer. At one point, he kidnaps Eva Mendes, licks her armpit and then eats her hair. (According to Carax, Mendes was cast because she was “erotic and robotic at the same time”.) Kylie also makes a cameo as a suicidal air hostess who sings a Divine Comedy song. It might sound bonkers, but Cannes audiences gave it rapturous reviews.

THe PeRks OF BeInG a WaLLFLOWeR (OctOber 3)

The classic coming-of-age tale hits the screen with the blessing of its author Stephen Chbosky, who described the adaptation as a “dream come true”. Fresh-faced Percy Jackson star Logan Lerman plays Charlie, the geeky wallflower who comes out of his shell thanks to new-found friends Sam and Patrick. Emma Watson stages a breakout from her geeky Harry Potter persona as freespirited Sam, citing this as her first adult role since the mega-franchise. (Recent trailers have seen Watson donning a slightly dubious American accent, though we’re sure she can magic her way out of this one.) But our money’s on the always-magnetic Ezra Miller, who shone in last year’s We Need To Talk About Kevin. He plays Patrick, the too-cool-forschool gay teen who just happens to be getting off on the down-low with the resident high school jock.





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Viscount coat £450, camo tie £90, double head shirt £140, pinstripe trousers £200 and camo hybrid shoe £200 all by SOPHIE LYNAS


Clean, cool and crisp – graduate designs might usually err on the maximal side, but Sophie Lynas is bent on keeping her menswear juxtaposingly sharp. Ultracropped trousers and a delicate overlay of camouflage print distinguish her quietly striking collection, even if her inspiration for it was “stuck-up, rich teenagers who commission their own suits”. For Lynas, womenswear was never an option. “I’m really interested in the precision and tailoring of men’s pieces,” the 23-year-old explains. “Menswear is more conservative and relies on certain signatures – but working with restrictions challenges you, I think.” Menswear exerted such a strong pull on her from an early age that a 14-year-old Lynas was prepared to brazenly approach boys in shops and ask them to be her models. “I went to an allgirls school in Reading, so I didn’t have any male friends who would oblige me by trying stuff on,” she explains. While young lads may not have been the most fitting subjects for her youthful fittings, Lynas’ endeavours with older generations have proved more fruitful. While researching her latest projects, she knocked on the doors of Savile Row to dig through the archives of tailors who’d been plying their craft for decades, and says the learning experience was “really nice - like talking to your wise grandad”. Lynas’ minimalism and uncluttered lines instantly bring to mind one designer: Raf Simons. It turns out Lynas learnt from the best – she interned with Simons and his team before he went to Jil Sander. “The way Raf Simons behaves is exemplary. He creates works in an extraordinarily interesting manner and you can see that reflected in his achievements,” she praises. Lynas has already sold a few pieces to private buyers, so there’s obviously a market for her sublimely subtle craftmanship. Start learning her clean lines now.

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Merseyside-ian womenswear designer Jessica Mort’s first internship was with Giles at the tender age of 15. It was there she decided to take on an Art Foundation course at London College of Fashion, and after a few placement stints at the likes of Marios Schwab and Diane von Furstenberg, plunged herself headlong into the garish, luminary world of fashion design, London style. Specialising in textile design for her BA degree at (guess where...) Central Saint Martins, her graduate collection sprang from a course-long obsession with psychedelia and hallucinogeninduced colour hues. “I wanted to try and interpret psychedelia in a more modern and contemporary way, as it can often look kind of retro,” she explains to Rollacoaster. “I started typing phrases like ‘flower power’ into Google, and got some really interesting results back - for example, I didn’t realise that particular term came from the Vietnam War, when protesters inserted flowers in the ends of guns [as a statement about peace]. I thought it would be a nice idea to use camouflage in my collection.” Happenstance played a huge part in moulding Mort’s DIY-ist approach to clothes-making: “For my graduate collection, I didn’t know where to start, so I started playing around with materials. I found this technique that I really liked; pulling threads out of fabric with tweezers. It fitted the contemporary-psychedelic idea I wanted to explore perfectly.” After completing her final year - a paid-for scholarship through LVMH, no less - Mort is busy conceptualising her MA / CSM textiles collection, and has made a few gem-like discoveries in the process. “At university, they have these huge heat presses that I think are desperately undervalued. You can use them to bond pieces of fabric together to form completely new materials, and I definitely want to give that a go. I want to play with lots of layers of shawl and find out how that would look... but it’s all in my head, at this stage.” Always surprising and defying expectations, Mort is on course for a high-achieving career – one that Rollacoaster can’t wait to follow. Freak out.

JESSICA MoRt Green and white checked top and camouflage layered skirt, prices available on request, both by JeSSICA Mort


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Grey tulle smocked dress, crochet patch shorts and black cotton bra, prices available on request, all by MOLLy GOddArd





Molly Goddard’s artfully ill-fitting, tulleheavy knitwear graduate collection, showcased with fellow Central Saint Martins degree awardees last year, was born from the bottleneck of a particularly long-way-round research process. “Some of the designs are literally patterns traced from babies’ dresses I found and blew up on my photocopier!” she tells Rollacoaster. “Others are outright strange and disproportionate.” But ‘odd’ did the job - the collection landed her a place on the much-lauded fashion Mecca’s MA Knitwear course this year, courtesy of course leader and all-round UK stylesetter Louise Wilson. Alongside studying, Goddard runs digi design-store LOVETITS with her ex-model-turned-clothes-maker sister Alice, and she’s happy to admit that fashion is all she has ever known: “I went straight to St Martins after school. By the time I finish there next year, I’ll have been at CSM for seven years! I grew up on Prada, and interned at Chanel for a year.” Nowadays, the 23-year-old avoids looking to others in the industry for inspiration, citing picture books, vintage TV shows and films as more resonant sources of creative stimulation: “I haven’t looked at other designers in quite a while - not in terms of research. I don’t really go to shows any more, either. If I find a dress and like its neckline, for instance, I will photocopy it and look at it again later. So many of the items [in my graduate collection were inspired by] bits and bobs that I found around my parents’ house like my sister’s garments, and the little stars my granny knitted onto things that we were given.” Moving forward, London-born Goddard is keen to keep things pop culture, retro, a wee bit twee, and everso childhood: “For my next collection, I want to research Thunderbirds… I don’t know why, but I’ve been thinking about shows like that for a while. The colours are amazing. Blue Peter, too, when they ran their “Make your own Tracy Island” show. Fun!”


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Not every graduate has to worry about doggy health and safety at the same time as contemplating their menswear debut, but Natalija Mencej took both tasks in her stride. The Kievborn designer became a press sensation thanks to her graduate show, which sent models down the catwalk in candycoloured knitted tracksuits with cute pugs in tow. “Queenie, the black pug, was a little loud because she was trying to sing along to the show music,” Mencej remembers. “The dogs were all just confused, I think! A model had to give one of them a kiss because it was so nervous and trembly.” As for the collection itself, Mencej drew inspiration from the flamboyantly balls-out attire of 90s hip-hop. “I wanted the pieces to be really cool and visible and bright, with big jumpers and big boys,” the Tupac fan says. “I know the colours weren’t I traditionally masculine, but I decided to have fun with it.” Biggie might not have donned her peppermint-green coat, but we’re sure he would’ve loved how she was hustling her knits from a young age. “Knitting was always my hobby,” Mencej recalls. “Sometimes our financial situation in Ukraine was tough, so I had to knit my clothes as my family didn’t have money to buy them – plus, I made clothes to earn extra cash.” Pugs and thugs might seem inspired now, but Mencej was convinced the idea wasn’t going to work, especially when her tutors first suggested that she use Chihuahuas. “We were discussing accessories and they told me to try Chihuahuas. I said, ‘No way!’” she states. Luckily, a friend passing by mentioned that her classmate had two pugs and his mother was the head of the London Pug Society. The rest is canine history. So, what’s Mencej learned after all the noise has died down? “The British,” she laughs, “are obsessed with pets!” Knitted jumper and trousers with bling embellishment, prices available on request, both by NATALIjA MeNCej, white T-shirt £15 by AMerICAN APPAreL and AIr ForCe 1 LoW trainers £135 by NIKe

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Flowerbomb is Viktor & Rolf ’s first women’s scent, representing their heartfelt ideals of beauty, truth, love, and all that jazz (in their words, Flowerbomb lets you “escape reality and heal the world”). But unlike other paint-by-numbers designer fragrances, the Dutch duo are onto something here. Imbuing the fragrance with all the sultry glamour and femininity of their womenswear, Flowerbomb is an explosion of the senses – and one presented in a bottle cut like a multi-faceted diamond, at that. With its rich, full-on notes of tea, orchid, freesia, jasmine and centifolia rose mingling with a warming base of patchouli, Flowerbomb just might be perfect for your next dramatic entrance.


Dr e a ms Manifesto

Manifesto, YSL’s brand new fragrance, scores the esteemed couture palace a cinnamontinged home run this season, Rollacoaster reckons. Inspired by Loulou de la Falaise, the famous Parisian fashion bohemienne, its sharp, sweet notes conjure images of a sun-splashed Seine: cocktails and canapés by the canalside. Swoon. Manifesto’s main note is jasmine, and there are hints of lily of the valley, blackcurrant, cedar core and sandalwood for all-important earthy/fruity undertones. What’s more, YSL have chosen American screen temptress Jessica Chastain as the perfume’s ‘ambassadoress’. Chances are you’ve probably seen one of her films – she starred in a staggering seven in 2011 alone (such as Tree of Life and Take Shelter) and has a few tricks up her sleeve for late 2012, too. Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow’s feature about the story of America’s prolonged Bin Laden manhunt, will hit screens on December 19. On tenterhooks, us.

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As it stands, New York City’s Tompkins Square Park is home to one of the biggest collection of skate crews and quasi-professional fourwheeled fanatics that side of the pond. Hundreds of skater clans (the Dunions and the Stoned Rollers, anyone?) use “The T.F.” – Tompkins Park’s nickname, short for “Training Facility” – to hone skills, network, spit, smoke and bitch. It’s where Dave Willis, stage name Black Dave a just-turned-20 skater-cum-rapper – credits as the birthplace of his hip-hop career. “It’s like a real family, a real welcoming community,” he tells Rollacoaster. “Me and my crew, we’re like always together doing shows, skating and rocking out, like promoting my music in the city and shit. It’s cool, it’s like a family; hanging with people I’ve been skating with for years.” Tompkins introduced him to friends and skaters like Eugeina Dwalf and Perry Ann, and led to him spouting rhymes at T.F.-related house parties. “For the past three years me and my friends used to just fuck around at

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gatherings and freestyle. I then recorded my first song last September – actually, last August, because the first thing I recorded was “Black Donald Trump”.” It was with Dwalf that Willis filmed the video for “Black Donald Trump”: a handheld camera ride through the streets of downtown Manhattan. “I walk around the city and I look at New York as art,” Willis explains. “Everything is art: the buildings, the centre – it’s just sick to be capturing that shit on film. When other people see it - say someone from the midwest, or even some random ass town – they’re going to be stoked and want to come here.” The video, featured on influential US culture blogs VladTV and WorldStarHipHop back in September, intentionally or not shone a light in the T.F. movement’s direction, elevating Willis from unassuming rap-brat to scene spokesman. His mixtape of the same name dropped in July – a cocky, moreish listen, full of skipping, anodyne processed beats and lyrics about “…flexin’, you can call me Rick Flare” [“Dangerous”]

and “throwing your mixtape in the trash” and using it as a paperweight “for all my fucking cash” [“Smokin’ Dat Green”]. Not content riding out the mixtape’s victory snowball, Willis is penning material for a follow up, titled Black and Proud, and lining up a host of one-off collaborations and accompanying promo videos in the process. “I’ve got some producers on there, like my homie Frapper Zombies. I got this one kid from Chicago, Lil Mouse. I like a little of something for everybody.” Nowadays, Willis is accustomed to outsourcing producers to work with rather than keeping things exclusively clan. “I find a lot of my collaborators online, on Soundcloud and places like that. I’m always messaging people. I just want to make music for me and my friends to party to – that’s my end goal.” Whatever gets you out of bed, Dave.

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Here’s How Cali sister aCt Haim went from playing Country and western songs witH tHeir parents to r&B/indie roCk perfeCtion

LA-born sisters Danielle, Alana and Este Haim weren’t brought up with the kind of music typical R&B-tinged indie rock players spar with – at least not as pre-teens. Weaned on a diet of hay-chewin’, gun-totin’, ass-whoppin’ country music (think The Eagles, Johnny Cash, early Neil Young, and Crosby, Stills and Nash) and members of an all-familial C&W band called Rockenheim, the girls fast grew out of their chaps, breaking free as melodic, fiercely rhythmic New Wave band Haim in 2010. The trio’s debut EP Forever is a joyous, studied ode to all things angular rock; bass-popping songs of bliss, apprehension, and lovelorn paranoia that nestle commensurably alongside Devo, Magazine, Big Boys and Talking Heads comparisons. Indeed, just as the words “Scritti Politti” leave Rollacoaster’s mouth during a transatlantic conference call with the clan, they holla: “We love them, and that’s totally the best comparison we’ve ever had!” in near unison. “Television were a huge inspiration as well. We love 70s rock, too -

Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham, that sort of thing.” Furthermore, the band freely concede their undeniable love of radio-plugged 90s pop soul – perfected by the likes of TLC, Aaliyah and En Vogue and brought to the fore of their own sound by the sweet-like-chocolate falsetto of Danielle, the band’s lead vocalist and longest-haired lover. “I think the 90s is back, simply because people who grew up in that era are starting to make music,” she observes. “I’m a huge Dirty Projectors fan and I’m a huge Girls fan, I can’t deny it.” “With Forever, we didn’t really have the money to go into a proper studio, so we had to improvise and experiment to hone our sound,” she continues. Penniless or not, the girls – and friend Dash Hutton, who joined the band on drums in its infancy - still managed to convince distinguished composer and producer Ludwig Göransson (of Childish Gambino fame) to play master and commander at the mixing deck. But super-producer collaborations don’t stop

there – the band are currently working with Snoop Lion and Diplo beat-maker Ariel Reichstadt on a debut LP, penned for release next year. “Ariel’s one of our oldest friends - we’re working with him right now on the album,” Danielle spills. “I don’t know if we’re meant to be telling anyone that, though… We went to one studio where [Dr Dre’s 1992 masterpiece LP] The Chronic was recorded - I was so excited, and then the guy who was giving us a tour of the place took us to this upstairs lounge that Dr. Dre owns - he had the bathroom redone and there was a gold-plated toilet. We all took a lot of turns in there - it was the funniest thing… super-vibe-y.” Vibes - positive, summer-y ones - are certainly a key Haim unifier. Shots of the band riding fixie bikes round LA’s hazy orange-lit reveries litter their online presence; as does a sense of wild-at-heart, carefree abandon in conversation. But you also get the sense that they’ll fight to avoid regurgitating ideas and that their sound layered, energised at it is - just won’t stop evolving.

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Diplo loves him. James Franco plays him in harmony Korine’s new movie. he has about 250,000 twitter Followers. riFF raFF might be the most riDiculous rapper alive right now – but the man with ginger cornrows is maKing it worK Depending on who you talk to, Riff Raff is either the next big thing in hip-hop or rap’s biggest joke. And he’s not doing himself any favours over the phone. What’s he doing right now? “I’m just toasted, chilling like a stamp in the refrigerator,” he says. How did he meet Diplo, who allegedly signed him to Mad Decent for a five-year deal? “We were in the Netherlands and he was like, ‘Yo, let’s go play ice hockey’.” Pause. “We were playing ice hockey on my chain; my chain is so icy we used it as a rink.” I laugh. Riff Raff doesn’t. Riff Raff – or Jody Highroller, as he’s sometimes known – first appeared on From Gs to Gents, the MTV reality show that tries to transform hustlers into gentlemen. Then his videos appeared on WorldStarHipHop, home to rap’s tastemakers and trolls. In his first track, “Juice”, he raps over a Soulja Boy-style beat in his Houston drawl: “Never been a scrawny cat/ Gunning down your Pontiac”. He also inexplicably wears a blonde wig and acrylic nail extensions. “This is the gayest shit I’ve ever seen,” an initial video commenter said. And yet, Riff Raff could not be denied his rightful due. He relentlessly uploaded tracks, freestyles,

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there are even videos of him relaxing with bikini-clad women. As his output increased, so did the amount of love WorldStarHipHop gave him. “He is one persistent S.O.B,” one convert noted on the site. Underground heroes like Action Bronson jumped on Riff Raff’s songs. His Twitter followers jumped by hundreds, then thousands. (Sample tweet: “i CAN’T WAiT TO GO CRY iN MY JACUZZi ... SO REFRESHiNG”.) People linked his videos with the reverence reserved for the truly batshit crazy: “Have you seen this guy?” Gawker proclaimed him “the most viral human being in music”. According to Riff Raff, his rise was inevitable. ”I’m just like everybody else,” he shrugs, “except I wear half a million dollars’ worth of jewellery and when I wake up I make a hit song in five minutes.” Riff Raff’s music is spectacularly weird. Here’s a typical lyric from “Cuz My Gear”: “Teriyaki suit and the lemon Fanta/ Heavy weight, heartburn/ Mylanta”. His videos approach performance-art levels of oddness: in the song Time, Riff Raff lies against a fridge as a woman arranges Pringles on his chest. Some maintain that Riff Raff is an elaborately constructed hoax. You can understand why: over six

foot, ginger cornrows, white: Riff Raff looks like a hiphop Ali G. He lets out a sigh. “People either like me or they don’t. I don’t care.” While internet-savvy rappers like Chief Keef might get the entire “viral video” thing, Riff Raff ’s had a tougher ride in the hip-hop world, which tends to assume the worst of any white rapper with grills. “A lot of people who are die-hard hip-hop fans – they’re trying to tell you what you can and can’t do, and that reminds me of school. I don’t fuck with school,” he says. “I don’t see myself as a rapper. I don’t want to be part of a scene that’s beef-oriented. You didn’t hear about Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash getting into arguments.” “I want to be doing shows with Lady Gaga and Britney Spears,” he announces. “I want my own talk show. That would make me happy… I want to make a million dollars a night.” In one week in August, he put out four new videos and a mixtape, then proudly announced that his Twitter followers have jumped by 1200%. “Am I going to be on the cover of this magazine?” he repeatedly asks us. At this rate, it won’t be long.

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Riotous cybeRpunk paRty-makeR Venus X is cuRRently new yoRk’s most sought-afteR alteRnatiVe DJ. she took some time off fRom touRing with gang gang Dance to talk about heR oVeRnight Rise to notoRiety with RollacoasteR

“I saw loads of boys doing it [DJing]. It made me upset that they could just get wasted and play around on their iPods, not do any work and make lots of money, you know?” New York DJ Venus X - born Jazmin Venus Soto - only took to the decks three years ago, but her uncompromising approach has garnered the 25-yearold mass appeal. Last year, she has appeared in A$AP Rocky’s video for single “Peso” and collaborated with feminist artist K8 Hardy. But where did the Venus X project begin? Ghe20 G0th1k, a regular postpunk, disco and industrial music rave in Brooklyn has the answers. Started in October 2009, Soto and her close friend, Hood by Air designer Shayne Oliver, took to the stage and made NYC’s underground scene lose its mind to the screams of Siouxsie and the Banshees, PiL and Depeche Mode. “If I’m honest,” she says modestly, “I don’t think there’s anything that’s genius about what I’m doing - a lot of it is obvious.” But Ghe20 G0th1k parties are notoriously hotly-attended - even MIA had trouble squishing herself in earlier this year. “From royalty to loyalty - friends come that don’t fit in just because they want to support you, and then you have fans that are obsessed with the idea. You end up with college

students, skater kids, your average hoodlums, cute girls that want to party, weirdos... everybody. But it doesn’t matter who’s there, we try to keep it too dark to even matter. People just want to have a good time.” As a youngster, Soto was a classical dance enthusiast - she was “always studying or dancing; ballet, tap, jazz” before moving onto musical theatre, West African, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian dance classes. She even had her own radio show whilst growing up in Washington Heights, dedicated to Caribbean music. But it was when she started photographing punk shows that she learnt about darker, grimier music from the 1970s and 80s. “I was feeling the pressure of being a girl in typical boy situations. I was frustrated and angry and my sets reflected that; confused and messy. And people liked that. Because why not?” Soto’s attitude and style is certainly traceable in her live sets. “A lot of the stuff I want to play doesn’t mix that well together at all,” she explains. “It’s not going hurt anybody if I don’t mix “properly” - whatever some boy on the internet thinks is proper or whatever some out-of-date 90s DJ thinks is proper. Fuck you, it’s 2012. The world is fucked up: my set is fucked up.” But she didn’t always plan to be an entertainer - no, Soto saw herself pursuing a career in

science. “I’m a nerd – I’m into math, I like science, I like understanding how the body works, I like calculators. It seems weird to people that I DJ now, but it’s all relative. That shit makes you a better DJ: it’s all about sound and science and math and counting.” Soto DJs in its simplest form; no edits, no showmanship. She doesn’t pretend to make music, she just knows how to have a good time. “I could quit tomorrow and I wouldn’t give a fuck because I’ve had a great time doing this. It was and is the coolest experience of my life; the underground warehouse parties, the DJs, performers, artists, designers. It’s going to be pretty hard to recreate what we just experienced because we changed the world. Everything around us started to change simultaneously – it’s like we were predicting sounds and style. It was like major cultural trend forecasting. And it was fun. And we did it together.” But what about the future? “I have nothing to lose,” concludes Soto. “I’m not on a label. I just want to keep living my live fully and freely and fucking the system.”

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“It’s All fuckInG HYPE, but You Got to sHow forcE. I lIvE for tHAt sHIt”


Dominic LorD is HarLem’s Latest pretenDer to tHe Hip-Hop tHrone, anD He isn’t puLLing any puncHes. He taLks BaLenciaga, Bank roBBeries anD wHy He’s reaDy to sHow some force It’s two o’clock in the afternoon, it’s raining in New York and Dominic Lord is already buying a bottle of Hennessy. “I like the black, I like the white,” he shrugs. “If you hung around me I’d get you to drink it.” Afternoon drinking aside, Dominic Lord hasn’t exactly been slacking off. The Harlem rapper is also a fashion designer and runs his own record label, Dominic Lord Recordings. The 19-year-old’s currently at the centre of a ferocious bidding war (though he claims he’s still unsigned), and has already gone into the studio with producers like Hudson Mohawke and Benny Blanco. Not bad for someone who only wrote his first song five months ago. ““Pierce” was the first song I ever made,” Lord says. “I wrote this shit in, like, 15 minutes.” Not that you can tell. “Pierce” is less a rap song and more a statement of artistic intent: all somber, thudding beats and high-fashion visuals. Like Kanye, if Kanye had skipped College Dropout and went straight to Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, armful of models in tow. “My dad’s always been into fashion,” Lord explains. “He’s Italian, so it goes really far back, you know? Music and fashion and art – that’s how my life is.” What is he wearing right now? “Some burgundy PA G E / 3 0

Balenciagas, Marc Jacobs khaki shorts. I’m a designer, so I like a lot of labels.” Even more remarkably, “Pierce” is still the only song Lord’s released. That’s right: no mixtapes, not even a B-side. He’s still working on his first EP, tentatively called Fashion Show. That bidding war? It started before “Pierce” even came out. But let’s not forget to mention that he used to run with A$AP Mob, the fertile Harlem collective that produced underground star A$AP Rocky. “I used to do a bunch of shit on the low,” he says. “That’s how it was growing up, I used to mix songs.” You can understand why the labels are all over him. Lord’s since exited the group and he’s keeping his reasons close to his chest (“I’m pretty sure you can put one and two together”). But if nothing else, the split only added to the buzz – and criticism – surrounding him. “Help me sweet baby Jesus, I’ve got to pay attention to Dominic Lord now?” one hip-hop music blog wondered. “While [major labels] are turning down rappers that are working day jobs and recording all night just to do what they love, they’re throwing millions of dollars at guys like Lord based off pure hype.” For what it’s worth, Lord fully understands the

jibe. “It’s all fucking hype,” he acknowledges, “but you got to show force. I live for that shit. If I put something out, I just want people to know I’m dope.” According to Lord, he put in the time approaching labels and hustling his talent way before he released anything online. “Pierce” wasn’t a viral one-off. The boy has plans. “I’m going to put a lot of work into my shit. Another five years in music, then I might be doing my own fashion line,” he theorises. “This is not a one or two year thing.” He’s even schemed what his dream gig would look like, even though he hasn’t yet made a public performance. “It would be in a bank, it would be like a robbery with guns, scare the shit out of people,” he riffs. “Then a car goes straight through the fucking wall – boom. Guess who’s in it?” Dominic Lord? “Yeah!” he laughs, “I’d freestyle some shit. Then leave.” Bottle of Hennessy in tow, no doubt.

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Kilo Kish is New YorK’s busiest, cutest New hip-hop export. with a mic iN oNe haNd aNd paiNtbrush iN the other, she chats to rollacoaster about odd Future, FashioN desigN aNd those FraNK oceaN collaboratioN rumours Kilo Kish may just be Young American Rap’s cleverest multi-tasker. Flitting between chief pursuits - fashion design, illustration and the kind of half-rapped, halfspoken joints that flesh out her debut EP, April’s HomeSchool – Kish is a solitary, perfectly credible creative force: a bandstand of stoned, sublime neo trip-hop. Raised in Orlando, Florida and raised on the saccharine American chart pop the likes of ‘NSync and Backstreet Boys pushed in the mid-90s, Kish – born Lakisha Kimberly Robinson – moved to New York City in 2008 to enrol on a partial art scholarship at tabletopping private college, Pratt. From there, she started ideas–making with the likes of hip-hop aficionados Mel McCloud and Smash Simmons, whom she shared dorm halls with. They formed KoolKatsKlub (and, tentatively, “KKK”) a year later; an elusive, stoned-sounding rap set. “They had a little add-on studio set-up,” says Robinson, “so I would just jump in there after work - not seriously, but kind of having a joke, and found I really loved making music; the process of it.” An LP with KoolKats – 2011’s summery, melodysoaked Glass, In My Head – later, and Robinson is shooting ideas for HomeSchool as Kilo Kish (lifting

“Kilo” from Miami hip-hop stoner, Kilo Ali’s pocket) to Matt Martian of acidic comic-book LA clan Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All. “He went to high school with my roommate, and was in New York with Odd Future he was over our house a lot. I’d never met Matt before but I played him some stuff and then we kind of went back and forth. He liked it and said ‘you should record HomeSchool’, so I thought, ‘hey, it’s a free trip to L.A., I’ll just go.’” HomeSchool – which Martian co-produced with fellow Odd Futurist Syd Tha Kid – is a surreal ride, with songs like “Julienne” and “Crosstown” splicing in cartoonish samples not a million miles from Madlib or DOOM’s silliest filler beats. Robinson’s lyrics – all “your eyes so black they’re like the universe in me” in “Navy” and “my bed is snow white” in “You’re Right” – respond well to Martian’s infantilised hip-hop game. “I kind of just listen to a beat and for the most part I usually let the vocals sound like an image in my mind. I try and work with my first instinct - for the most part I hear a melody first. So, I’ll work with that and not really try too hard.” In truth, Robinson sees herself more as a free

flowing artist-at-large than a fully-fledged MC or poet laureate. Having this summer graduated from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology studying a textile design BA, she plans to try her hand at professional fashion design (Robinson counts Diane Von Furstenberg and Stella McCartney as childhood heroes). “I love getting dirty and I hate sitting in front of a computer. I really like screen printing and getting ink on stuff and just creating. I love weaving, and of course drawing and painting. I’m not really the best sewer, so I just make cool patterns. Hopefully someone will see them and sew the designs themselves.” Currently shacked up in an apartment in leafy Fort Greene, Brooklyn, Robinson is busy plotting her next move: a brand new mixtape is scheduled to land next year, as is further collaborations (“it says, all over the internet, that I’m collab’ing with Frank Ocean. I’d love to – but we haven’t even discussed it!”). It seems music-making to such an extraordinary level just isn’t enough for some - “As far as fashion goes, if music doesn’t keep me busy, I’d like to do both” she tells a slack-jawed Rollacoaster, all casual-like.

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This September, PlayStation, Rollacoaster and Wonderland team up with cult-y east London streetwear brand Illustrated People to offer our readers a rare and thrilling opportunity. Fancy designing your very own collaborative tee - and landing yourself a PlayStation Vita and Sony NEX-7 digital SLR (with interchangeable lenses) in the process? Here’s how. Entrants must get their thinking caps on and innovate a design using an image of the lead character from PlayStation Vita release Little Big Planet Vita (a new, portable version of the superpopular 2008 platformer). The main characters in the game are called Sackboy™ and Sackgirl™. Sackboy™ is the man-sack prospective tee designers must incorporate into their art. What’s more, the design must stick to the competition’s theme: “Big adventures in an unlimited universe” - so think well outside the box. Big, brash, bold, beautiful. Illustrated People is a label who run limited edition, screenprinted, eyegasmic T-shirt designs. Just look at the 2003-conceived team’s A/W12 collection, which blended intricate ink tapestries with bold, block-y lettering and good-peculiar pattern formations. From October 1 at 23:59 (GMT) - when the competition closes - Wonderland, Rollacoaster, Illustrated People and Sony PlayStation will choose a winner and will let the lucky new designer know within a week. Submit your picture as a black and white or one-colour low-res JPEG file (under 2MB) to: win@wonderlandmagazine.com. Competitors must be 16 years and over, and should be a resident of the United Kingdom. For competition updates, and to receive a reference shot of SackBoy™, go to: facebook.com/playstationaccess. Visit wonderlandmagazine.com/littlebigplanet, facebook.com/ wonderlandmagazine for more information, too. Ready, set... Little Big Planet Vita is out on September 21

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Despite being cast as a high school student in countless projects, 22 year-old screen star Britt Robertson chose against studying acting professionally - no, Robertson, who was born and raised in Charlotte, South Carolina, was home-schooled. “My mum was pretty disenchanted with the public education system, so she taught us herself,” she says. “My younger siblings attended school though, because I’m the eldest of seven and there wasn’t enough room for us all to stay at home!” Robertson credits her large family with coaxing her into the spotlight, admitting with a wry laugh, “I’m pretty sure I started acting because I craved the attention!” As a child, she remembers being fascinated by the camp soap operas that her mother used to watch. “It was such a specific style of acting, I would observe them closely and then go away and write skits based on them for me and my brother to perform,” she says. This led Robertson’s mother to enrol her in local theatre classes and it wasn’t long before she landed her first TV spot. “I was eleven and it was for a show called Sheena, Queen of The Jungle that they filmed on the Universal lot in Florida. They had baby jaguars on set that I was allowed to play with and afterwards they let me and my mum sneak into Universal Studios,” she says, excitedly. “That PA G E / 3 8

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day I decided that acting was the coolest thing ever.” Since then, Robertson has racked up roles opposite Steve Carell and Juliette Binoche in Dan In Real Life, starred alongside Hope Davis and Dermot Mulroney in The Family Tree and was part of the recently revamped Scream franchise. But it’s her TV roles that have earned this young actress an impressive fanbase. Starring as foster brat Lux Cassidy in Life Unexpected and teen witch Cassie Blake in The Secret Circle, Britt has mixed emotions about the short-lived (but wellreceived) series. “It’s hard because TV is so unpredictable. You never know what’s going to happen and it can be really frustrating,” she says. “But doing a series is like going to acting boot camp; you spend nine months developing a character and building relationships with the cast on and off screen. It’s invaluable.” While she wouldn’t rule out another TV role, Britt is currently fo-

cussing on her film career and will next be seen starring in the Sundance breakout romantic comedy The First Time. “I went to Sundance, but it was over so quick – I got off the plane, I promoted the heck out the movie and then I was gone,” she laughs. “I would have loved to have seen some films while I was there, but there was no time.” She’s just finished wrapping up indie drama White Rabbit with Nick Krause and Sam Trammell in New Orleans, which Robertson exclaims “was hot, hot, hot!” The unforgiving heat didn’t phase this pro though, who likes to thoroughly research every role. “I am OCD when it comes to preparing,” she says. “But when I arrived to work on this film the screenwriter and director told me ‘I don’t want you to worry about the script, we just want you to improv as much as you can.’ That was a first for me.” Her part in the film as a teen goth outcast is a departure from her usual roles, but it’s her next performance that she’s most excited about. “Unfortunately, I can’t tell you anything about it yet because it’s not been announced, but I auditioned eight times for this part and I wanted it so badly. We start shooting next month and I think it will be an experience I’ll remember for a long, long time.”

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Brown suede jacket with plexi embellishment £4,200, lizard skin boots (just seen) £1,260 both by Miu Miu and vintage slip from a selection at FaMily Jewels NyC Left: Kid mohair orange floral trousers £720 and yellow lizard skin belt £430 both by Miu Miu, vintage slip as before and necklace Britt’s own Hair GreGory russell at The wall Group Make-up Tsipporah using TarTe CosMeTiCs Set design rox KNouse Photographic Assistance KeviN vu Retouching NiCole DubaCh Production sTephaNie porTo

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Back in the 1900s, guys used to sneer at the idea of wearing wristwatches. (Waaay too dainty and feminine, apparently.) Fast forward a few decades and the wristwatch has kicked out its clunky pocket predecessor and every man, woman and child can now sport a timepiece on their wrist – and not just for timekeeping purposes. Just think of the stripped-back

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modernist approach of Swatch watches, or the gratifyingly 90s-esque chunkiness of a Casio G-Shock. Thankfully, both brands are still going strong in the timepiece department, and you can add Calvin Klein to that list, too. After all, now that the days are getting shorter and the nights longer, you may as well have some fun with the daylight hours you’ve got left.

New Gent lacquered in orange £47.50 by Swatch, Casio 3263 in purple £60 by G-Shock and stainless steel ck Dart on a white rubber strap £360 by ck watcheS

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When the universe (or God, Morgan Freeman, whichever) was handing out destinies, Brenton Thwaites was probably in the winners’ queue. After all, he’s clearly been bestowed with an unseemly amount of good fortune: great hair, acting chops and – of course – dashing good looks. Some people have all the luck. Such auspicious beginnings surely explains the current state of Thwaites’ career. Watching the effortlessly natural Aussie actor on the set of his shoot for Rollacoaster, you would be forgiven for assuming he was a bit of a veteran – his laid back demeanor does nothing to betray the fact that he’s only two years into the business. In this short space of time, Thwaites has managed to make the uncertain leap from television (Home and Away) to film without so much as a hitch, and is now set to star as the Prince alongside Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning in Maleficent. Due for release in early 2014, the Disney film re-tells the story of Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of the evil witch (played by Jolie, of course). Thwaites’ introduction to acting came from his mum’s love of movies. “My mother got me into films since I was a little boy, and my passion for films kind of

developed into acting,” he offers. He makes it sound easy. Seven months after graduating from university in 2010, Thwaites was snapped up by classic Australian soap Home and Away, playing a local bad boy – which was quickly followed by a Lifetime TV remake of the 1980 film Blue Lagoon. Shortly after that, Thwaites’ role as Prince Philip in Maleficent was announced. So far it sounds like the start of a career most budding actors can only dream of, but to go from a stint on a homegrown soap to a big budget motion picture must be pretty daunting, right? Unlike lesser mortals, Thwaites seems to be taking it all in his stride. In fact, he seems almost bemused with how smooth his transition to leading man has been. “The main difference is the pace,” he laughs. “Everyone seems so relaxed in this film, whether they are or not. I don’t know whether they’re hiding all their stress!” Thwaites’ easy-going sense of humour is infectious. “I was thinking about buying a skateboard today actually… Don’t tell Disney!” he says. We doubt his Disney overlords would be happy if their Prince

Charming broke a rib doing an ollie, but again Thwaites does seem more a fun-loving Prince Harry than a William. And what of the Amazing Angelina? “We had a scene together, I was really excited and nervous, but it was fun! Her character’s so powerful as well - whenever she walks into the room she’s just this powerful figure.” Underneath Thwaites’ playfulness, there’s a glimmer of the serious thespian aching to sink his teeth into more nuanced roles. “I’d really like to do something different,” he says. “I’ve played that kind of heartthrob kid in my last few parts. So for the next one, I’d love something a bit edgier, maybe play a bad guy. Their characters are so attractive because they have such interesting stories,” he muses, “…or maybe a play, or street theatre! Where I just stand still for like four hours, painted.” When quizzed about his future, Thwaites gets philosophical. “Ten years from now, I’d like to be making my own films and doing my own plays, but I guess… acting [is what I want to stick with], you know? In a decade, I’d be happy if I’m just doing what I’m doing now.” And with that, he breezes off - skateboard and all.

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Meet bouffant-boasting string-struMMer aiden griMshaw – back froM a lengthy, angsty hiatus with his debut full-length, Misty eye

Aiden Grimshaw could have gone one of two ways after becoming a member of the X Factor alumnus in 2010: hurried out an “all filler, no killer” record bloated with mephitic cover classics and saccharine pop songs, then sunk without a trace amidst naysaying “flash in the pan” headlines and mocking Never Mind the Buzzcocks slots; or bided his time and retreated to pen a personal, lovelorn debut album. For Rollacoaster’s money, Misty Eye, released last month, is thankfully the latter. “I wanted to make an album that felt right,” he says. “Something epic and euphoric, you know?” Since The X Factor, Grimshaw admits to “spunking away all of the earnings that I made from the show and tour” and slipping back into his own version of reality - which included some heartache. “”Misty Eye”, the album’s title track, was the very first song I wrote, in my bedroom, following a messy breakup,” he reveals. “I just went a bit mental and this tune was the outcome. I’m a young lad and the sound on the record is the sort of thing that me and my mates all listen to.” Grimshaw concedes, however, that he refused to listen to music at all during the album’s recording, fearful that it would muddy his creative process. “I stopped listening to the radio, CDs, everything. I always found myself either drunk or angry when I was writing and the songs that made the final album cut

were probably all penned after a few too many drinks.” It’s not just the old hairstyle (once a waxy quiff, now a gleaming indie bouffant) that Grimshaw’s slung out with yesterday’s papers; since relocating to London from his hometown of Blackpool, he’s ditched all contact with fellow X Factor contestants. “I don’t really see anyone to be honest, they’re all so busy doing their own thing. I think I was closest to Matt Cardle, but as much as the show was a platform for me, I definitely wouldn’t do it again.” Keen to refocus our conversation to the album, the 20-year-old seems proud of its heart-on-the-sleeve earnestness. Track “Is this Love”, in particular, is a bittersweet ode to midnight lust and emotion: “Here’s a fiery eye in the middle of the dark sea/And it’s pulling me down, so I can’t breathe” go the song’s opening lines, amidst pace-y, processed drum loops and moody synth lines. “The first single I released is track one on the record and my last single, “Curtain Call”, comes right at the end, so [the public have] heard the beginning and end of the story - you’ll have to listen to find out what happens in the middle,” says Grimshaw, dryly. Not that we needed convincing, of course. Misty Eye is out now on Sony. PA G E / 5 1

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It’s 2pm in a stuffy studio in east London, and the manager of girl band Little Mix is trawling the internet for footage of an ITV interview the foursome filmed earlier in the day. He locates the video he’s after, presses play, and his tense expression softens as he sighs, relieved, “Ahhhh good, you look much better than you did on This Morning.” You’d hope that, having nailed their latest television appearance, Perrie Edwards, Jesy

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Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall might be granted a second to chill, especially given that they’ve been working since 3am. Not so. In every sense – from the round-the-clock drive to engage with fans via social networks to the perennial pre-shoot primping in ovenlike changing rooms – for this lot, the heat is always on. Behind the scenes at Rollacoaster’s photo session, in a room strewn with chocolate bar wrappers, most of the girls are snapping photos of the studio’s kitten and posting them online. Thirlwall, however, is curled up in the foetal position, desperately trying to snatch a catnap. She’s soon prodded awake by management to check that she, too, has tweeted today to the million-strong

Twitter following the band have built up after winning X Factor. In the year since their victory, Little Mix have headlined The X Factor Tour, supported fellow reality show stars JLS, made an album and even (somewhat prematurely) released a book. They’ve also discovered that a hellish schedule is par for the popstrel course; they’ll finish at around 9pm tonight, only to wake for a 12-hour press session tomorrow. “I don’t think any of us really knew how hard it was going to be,” admits Pinnock. “But it’s so worth it. It’s like, do you wanna be at home looking for a job or do you wanna be here?” Prior to acquiring their freshly-minted superstar status, the girls variously held roles as Pizza Hut waitresses, college students, and in the case of Nelson, a post as a barmaid in Romford. Right now, she’s preparing to pull poses rather than pints, and the make-up artist has suggested creating a ‘natural look’. “That is NOT happening. Can’t we do smoky eyes?” the traumatised 21-year-old pleads. Later, as the photographer advises

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that she’s “thinking too much” about her body positioning and directs her to “have fun”, her deadpan reply is: “I’ll get a double chin if I laugh.” Fame hasn’t just changed Little Mix’s awareness of how they look in their own skin; it’s changed the skins of their fans, too. “They’ve been sending us a lot of tweets recently showing us pictures of tattoos they’ve had done saying ‘spread your wings you little butterfly’, the lyrics from our single,” reveals Pinnock. “It’s weird that someone can think so much of us that they’d change their bodies for life!” “Our lives have changed so dramatically in such a short amount of time,” contemplates Edwards. “We never had that stage where you get used to it. It all happened so fast. It’s pretty scary.” It’s also scary to think that it could all change back again in a second, Matt Cardle style, if their music stops selling. “I think that’s why we didn’t release stuff earlier,” Edwards continues. “We didn’t want to rush the single out and do it half-

heartedly. But I still LOVE Matt Cardle!” “Me too - and JLS and One Direction; there’s still loads of people that have done amazingly well from X Factor,” Thirlwall chips in. “Plus, Matt Cardle’s not reeeaaally a pop singer.” She’s right. Try as he might, Cardle hardly embodies the girl power, bubblegum-pop-with-a-heart sound that Little Mix have down to a tee... and that Simon Cowell has such faith in. “We had a meeting with Simon a few weeks ago and he listened to our single,” gushes Pinnock. “The one word he used to describe it was ‘genius’ and to hear him say that… It’s something you dream of your whole life.” “Perrie – you’re in the Daily Mail today!” interrupts the group’s now-beaming manager. “’Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards gushes over One Direction boyfriend…’” “Whaaaat?! I didn’t even say anything!” cries Edwards in mock offence whilst her bemused hairdresser laughs through a cloud of lacquer: “Ahhh, young love.”

Or not so young, as the case may be. As chat turns to celebrity crushes, the conversation takes a bizarre turn, with Thirlwall proclaiming, “I don’t fancy Cliff Richard, but I think he’s really good for his age. And David Essex when he was on Eastenders, I thought he was really good looking.” Nelson pipes up: “I think Max Branning’s nice, from Eastenders.” “YOU’RE LYING!” “Is that the ginger one?!” “I think he’s hot!” “He’s not even ginger, he’s got a bald head.” “I think he’s hot.” “Shut up!” “Oh my god… she actually fancies Max Branning!” I leave the girls debating the finer merits of a soap cast three times their age, with just one final question burning in Rollacoasters mind: when the hell do Little Mix find the time to catch up on the dramas of Albert Square? PhoTogRAPhER Justin BorBely FAshIoN EdIToR Jeanie annan-lewin WoRds sHannon MaHanty

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Britain’s Got Talent. A show renowned for – recently at least - dancing dogs and dubious burlesque acts rather than credible musicianship. Loveable Rogues bounded on to the BGT stage last autumn looking ready-made for manufactured pop stardom – all great hair, slick outfits and marketable kookiness. But their self-penned audition song “Lovesick”, an ode to Reeboks, Calvin Kleins, lovers’ gripes and makeup sex, was undeniably likeable. Eddie Brett, Te Eugene Qhairo and Sonny Jay were placed fourth by the end of the competition, but the trio sufficiently charmed the judges with banter about their Jack Wills day jobs to earn a record deal and were signed to pop monolith Simon Cowell’s Syco label a few weeks later. At today’s Rollacoaster shoot, there are some undeniably boyband-ish traits in evidence – the lads are cheeky, they’re chatty and they have far too much energy for a grey Monday on an industrial estate in Leyton. Yet despite the major label signing, there’s no PR in sight to coach out practised responses during our interview, and PA PAGGEE // 15048

there are no vanilla answers to our questions – the Essex threesome are refreshingly unselfconscious. Spot-on impersonations of BGT judge David Walliams and a lack of starry attitude (Brett still lives with his nan, remarking “it’s just so much easier… she does all my washing and cooking”) make them a genuine joy to talk to. The group, who stress that they have continued to write their own material post BGT, talk at length about the highs and lows of reality music TV. Te says that they went on Britain’s Got Talent to boost the band’s profile, and that the Syco deal hasn’t changed the homespun vibe that set them apart in the contest. “If you set yourself up to be a certain way when you do the show, nobody can expect you to be any different when it’s over,” says Brett. “BGT is what it is, and I don’t think we’re ashamed of our participation in any way. I think it’s just one of those things… if you’ve got a sensible head on your shoulders you’ll know why we did it: it got us to where we are now.” Qhairo comments: “BGT provided a way for our

music to be heard. I disagree with the social stigma, that attitude that says if you’ve been a contestant then ‘you can’t be in control of your music’ or ‘you’re not credible’. We were already a band before the show. What’s more, bands face compromises with any record label.” Brett adds: “[Before], we had management; we were still gigging whenever we could, but we were hauling ourselves out trying to do absolutely anything, whereas now, we’re doing focused things that are actually helping us. People come and see us now.” You can only hope Loveable Rogues continue to be afforded the fine balance of effective management and personal freedom that it sounds like they’ve so far been given. By the end of the interview, the conversation has turned to tattoos (they’re all getting increasingly inked up), getting refused entry to clubs, the merits of semi-permanent make-up on girls (they don’t like it), and calling your gran up to order dinner on the way home. Like most young Essex boys really. Loveable rogues indeed.

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Misha Bryan - Misha B - may have left our TV screens after starring in The X Factor’s eighth series in 2011, but she’s remained a fixture on the lips of many ever since. Born and raised in Manchester’s Moss Side area, Bryan was brought up by her aunt, and she tells Rollacoaster, is proud of her inner-city heritage. “I’m not embarrassed by where I’ve come from,” she declares - a sentiment she applies to both her Mancunian and reality music TV roots, saying, “I’m grateful for the platform the show gave me. Without it, I wouldn’t be where I am now”.” “And where exactly is that?” you might ask. Well... Bryan’s debut mixtape Why, Hello World was a warmly received blend of covers and original cuts - and landed the 20-year-old Radio 1’s Mixtape of the Week plaudit when it dropped in April this year. Following this, her single “Home Run” rocketed to the Top 20 in a matter of hours and its promo video racked up an immodest two million (and counting) YouTube hits. “I’m so overwhelmed by everyone’s reaction to my music,” she says. “I’d like to think it’s because all the tracks that I’m writing come from real life experiences - everyone can relate to them in some way.” Bryan’s eccentric, ostentatious dress sense has

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surely helped, too - her outfits were a huge talking point during her time on The X Factor. “I’d urge everyone to be an adventurer in fashion,” she proclaims. “It’s important to me that I’m always comfortable and confident with my choice of clothes. I love to experiment and try new things. That’s why I love Michael Jackson - he never took his style too seriously.” Who can forget the show’s auditions, where she belted out a flawless rendition of Aretha Franklin’s power-pop banger “Respect”, before breaking into a selfcomposed rap? “I never like to limit myself [to genres] with music,” Bryan explains. “There are so many things we can do with our mouths; we can rap, beatbox, sing… It all comes down to the words and how you deliver them.” Autumn will see the singer take to the stage supporting Nicki Minaj on her Pink Friday tour – not bad for an X Factor “reject”. “I’m so excited and nervous at the prospect of touring with Nicki. It’s a major platform for me,” she says. “I’m gonna learn so much from just being in her company and watching her perform.” With single “Do You Think of Me” set for an October release and her debut album following later this year, it’s safe to say that Bryan has her eyes fixed firmly on the prize. Pa G e / 5 5

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Set controls for the heart of the sun: Carrera journey to the far away reaches of the sun-osphere with their new sunglasses collection, CARRERA 6000. Inspired by the star’s immense energy, the name is lifted from the temperature peak of the photosphere: the lowest layer of

the sun whose rays we enjoy on earth (if we’re lucky). At its core, CARRERA 6000 aims to capture the relationship between heat, fashion and shades, and continues its mission into the heart of 90s-inflected retromania. Shades of grey? Not on your life.


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I like to put the cream on my scone before the jam”) hasn’t gone down the rap route. It’s probably for the best. After all, Way’s trying to establish himself as a model of substance, or more specifically, as a throaty torch singer who specialises in songs of love lost. “I’ve always worn my heart on my sleeve,” he confesses. “Yes, my stuff is personal. Friends tell me they find it difficult to listen to, but I’ve written these songs and someone else may as well hear them too.” Way’s a welcome antidote to the idea that male models are vacuous, superficial clothes horses. He quotes Michael Cunningham and Eric Fromm on his blog. He writes free-associative verse (quote: “I come

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“When I was young I wanted to be a dragon, a marine biologist and then a ninja,” Sam Way muses. Instead, he got scouted in Topman and found himself being photographed by Bruce Weber for Vogue Hommes alongside Kate Moss. Now 24, he’s become one of Britain’s best-known male models – not that he’s letting that get in the way of his music career. “Other models are like, ‘Dude, where did that come from, I didn’t know you could sing?’” Way laughs. “I made a bad-ass poetry/rap mixtape with my cousin when I was 12, but this is all very new. I’ve only been playing guitar for six months.” The Devon-born auteur (“you can tell because

not to bury poetry/ but to blow it up”). Hey - he even wears black-rimmed glasses on his Twitter profile. So: he’s a Beat-era intellectual, reborn in the 21st century, with a smile that just happens to be made for magazine centrefolds. “Let’s get deep, man, let’s not dick about,” he says, turning serious. “I’m an old-fashioned romantic. Sometimes I don’t think that’s a good thing. My last romantic relationship,“ insert wry pause here, “…Well, if you keep your ears tuned in, you’ll be able to decipher some of the story.” What happened? “Losing a love’s a many-headed beast,” Way says, skillfully dodging the question. “To really understand something like that you must come to know every side, even hers.” Pretty damn magnanimous, especially considering this is a guy who can induce almost fanatical amounts of lust in any woman. It’s not for nothing that there are entire internet sites dedicated to him. “I do find it weird,” he acknowledges. “I have ten fake me’s on Facebook, and a fake Twitter profile that says I’m afraid of the dark.“ Not to mention a ‘Fuck Yeah, Sam Way’ Tumblr that specialises in pictures of his naked chest (and abs, and bum...) “...run by god knows who,” he quips. At the very least, there’ll be an audience for his music – as long as it comes with topless photos, right? So here’s the dreaded million-dollar question: is he scared of being labelled with the “model turned musician’”cliché? Way meets the idea head-on. “There’s no point in being scared,” he says. “If other people want to label you then they will. If you’re creating, especially from a vulnerable, truthful place, then you’ll be shown respect.” It’s not like he’s lacking in bravery. After all, he did abandon the provincial shires for London on the cusp of his 16th birthday to break into an industry he knew nothing about. “Here I am, talking to you,” he says. “I can’t be a dragon, I don’t think I want to be a marine biologist anymore, so I’d definitely be a ninja… Or maybe, if someone’s willing to trust me, a musician.”

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DAYS Denim’s always been associated with certain things: youth. Insouciance. Casual sex appeal. Think Marlon Brando from The Wild One in his jeans and leather jacket; James Dean in Rebel Without A Cause; hell, Thelma and Louise in their high-waisted denims. And of all the denim brands in the world, there’s nothing that comes close to Levi’s. No matter what jeans you might sport now distressed, faded, fitted or flared – there’s a good chance your first pair of denims were from a Levi’s store. (For the record, ours was a pair of 501s in dark indigo.) The iconic brand may have branched out from its signature jeans, but that doesn’t mean its philosophy of inspired, well-crafted denimwear has suffered. You might not have a Triumph motorbike to lean against à la Brando, but you can always chuck on a pair of 501s and channel his attitude instead.

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These days, her wages buy significantly more than a pair of Air Jordans – Ora bought her mum a BMW with her first pay cheque. Not to say Ora’s had a smooth ascent to the top. When she was a teenager, she’d drag a karaoke machine to pubs and stand in the corner crooning Destiny’s Child songs to beer-bellied punters. “My mum would sometimes say, ‘Why would you do this to yourself?’ I just wanted to make a noise. I wouldn’t care if no-one was listening to me.” A memorable low point came at an open mic night that drew a grand audience of seven people. Desperate, she entered a competition to represent Britain at Eurovision. “I did, oh fuck,” she laughs. “I was like, 17. I didn’t have any money, I was just really confused.

which is crazy! She’s coming up with concepts for videos, or photoshoots – her mind is just always working.” Blue Ivy in tow, apparently. “That inspires me,” Ora says. “I wanna do that one day – not now,” she hastily adds, “but one day that’ll be perfect, like when I’m about 30 or something... To have a kid and still be singing. That would be amazing.” It’s kind of hard to imagine you singing about babies, Rollacoaster tells her. I mean, there’s not even a proper break-up song on Ora – most of the album’s a thrill ride through clubland. Ora nods. “This album, to me, was just about making people feel happy. I wasn’t going through any kind of heartbreak, so I didn’t want to write about that. But in this next album, I am. I think I’m going through a heartbreak right now.” What? “I’m not really,” she says, backtracking furiously. “I just, like – I’m so lonely. I just want to be in a relationship.” Really? “Yeah.” Being a pop star must be quite tough on your romantic life. She nods. “It is tough. It’s even tougher when people speculate and claim that you’re going out with this or that person. If I was, I would say I was.” She’s referring to her alleged romance with Rob Kardashian, the younger brother of Khloé and Kim. “We’re just really good friends,” she emphasises. “Right now, it wouldn’t be fair to be in a relationship. I don’t have any time, I wouldn’t even want to do that to someone.” Fair enough. But watching Ora, you can see why the son from a million-pound reality TV family might be won over. She’s a bundle of chatty affection, hugging her hairstylist, offering people spoonfuls of her yoghurt. She shows off her new haircut, a slickedback, 50s blonde bob. “I just wanted to cut it off,” she says. “I love wigs, so I was like, ‘We could just wear wigs if we wanted to do big and curly.’ I don’t mind telling people I wear wigs. It’s more about the character that you are and the industry you’re in. You think Gaga’s hair is real?” She laughs, an endearingly goofy hyuk-hyuk-hyuk of a chuckle. Ora’s been a bottle blonde since she was 15 – which, if anything, should shut up the people who claim she’s jacked Rihanna’s style. “To tell you the truth, I don’t really care,” she shrugs. “My music’s different, we sing differently, we’re from different parts of the world. Plus, we’ve seen each other lots of times and we hang out. So if people are trying to create a feud, it’s not going to work. Even if that was the case, Roc would be like, ‘What are you guys doing? You’re part of the same family!’” But if RiRi is spending her summer on a yacht in Barbados, Ora’s on a full-steam-ahead train to success. After the interview, she pops up at Notting Hill Carnival and performs next to Major Lazer. Then she’s in Manchester. Then she’s back in London for a headline show. Then, the ultimate blessing: Beyoncé blogs about her, saying: “Congrats on your album Re-ah!” “Beyonce thank you for that message, I love you big sis,” Ora tweets. You can tell that, like with everything else, Ora means every word.

“if PEoPlE ARE tRyinG to cREAtE A fEud bEtwEEn mE And RihAnnA, it’s not GoinG to woRk. wE’RE fAmily.” I was like, ‘Maybe this is it.’” She auditioned with “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, but then chose to drop out of the contest. “I just didn’t feel right. I didn’t want to make music that way.” Ora was driving to her friend’s graduation when she got the call from Roc Nation. The next day, she was in New York at the Rocawear Christmas party, shaking hands with Jay-Z. The day after that, she was signed. “The first studio session I had, Jay-Z walked straight in. I was like…” Ora makes a heart-heaving-into-mouth noise. “Then he said, ‘Good work,’” she beams. There was an album scheduled, appearances booked. Then everything was scrapped. Not by management, but by 19-year-old Ora. “I didn’t feel like the music was good enough,” she explains. “I was listening back to it and even my mum said, ‘This sounds great, don’t get me wrong – but this doesn’t sound like you’. And I listen to my mum.” Most labels would have kicked the offending artist to the kerb or forced them to release the album anyway. Then again, Roc Nation doesn’t work like most labels. There’s a reason there’s a track on Ora called “Roc The Life”. “It’s like a family, there’s only, like, six artists on Roc Nation, do you know what I mean?” And of course, not every label has Beyoncé as its patron saint and Queen Mother. “She’s such an inspiration, she’s so disciplined as an artist,” Ora gushes. Of course, Bey’s on a well-deserved break from music – right? “She’s actually still working,

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Picture this: Rita Ora is 12 years old, leaning over the bathroom sink in her parents’ Ladbroke Grove flat. It’s a two-floor maisonette on a council estate. Down the hall is the small bedroom she shares with her older sister, Elena. She’s stolen her mum’s red lipstick – YSL, one of the ones in the classic gold tube that you can’t get anymore. It’s a bright, boisterous scarlet, like Marilyn Monroe’s lips in Some Like It Hot. Ten years later, Rita Ora is examining four shades of lipstick in an east London studio and finding them all distinctly lacking. “Isn’t there any… red?” she asks. Eventually, a compromise is reached: a grown-up, matte lip. Kind of red, kind of magenta. Rita Ora, you see, has always been a red lipstick kind of girl. “Gwen Stefani and Marilyn Monroe,” Ora explains. “They were the two people that made me start wearing red lipstick. I’ve never taken it off since. Then the blonde hair kind of happened at the same time, and it gave me that…” She stops to think. “Not confidence, but I felt like: ‘If she can do it, why can’t I?’” And Ora is doing it. At the shoot, she’s celebrating her single, “How We Do”, reaching number one in the UK charts. Two weeks later her debut album, Ora, is on course for the top, too. If blonde hair and red lipstick exert some kind of talismanic power, sign us up. It’s worked for her. Rita Sahatçiu Ora was born in Kosovo, then part of Serbia, just over two decades ago. Her parents – ethnic Albanians – fled for London that same year, with Rita and Elena in their arms. The then Serbian president Slobodan Milošević had been persecuting ethnic Albanians, forcing them out of state institutions and employment. Nine years later, the Kosovo War erupted, claiming thousands of lives. Things could have turned out very differently for Ora. “I do think about that,” she says, after a long pause. She looks almost sad. Ora travels to Kosovo sometimes: she has family in the capital Pristina, who now receive regular visitors asking if they’re related to that Rita Ora. “I don’t know what [growing up in Kosovo] would have been like. I would definitely not be here today,” she muses. “I don’t think I would even have had an opportunity to sing.” But it’s a rare sunny day in London and Ora’s happier dwelling on better memories, telling Rollacoaster how she used to pilfer her mum’s cosmetics (“She was like, ‘you don’t even know how to put it on!’”) and talking about the 90s. “90s hip-hop is my favourite,” she says. “90s tracks have that feeling, that summer vibe, like a bounce you’ll never get or hear again. I would love to make a whole 90s record. I was obsessed with dungarees.” With all her 90s nostalgia, it’s easy to forget Ora’s only 21. These days, pop stars start early: remember Britney? Rita was only 18 when she signed to Roc Nation, Jay-Z’s label. “I’d wake up, go to college to study for my A-levels, finish the school day, then go and sing at open mic nights,” says Ora, describing L.B.J (Life Before Jay). When Jay summoned her to his stately New York headquarters on an A&R tip-off, she was still working shifts at the Size? shoe shop on Portobello Road. “I’d get, like, £80 a week and then I would spend it all on a pair of trainers, and be broke again,” she recalls.

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Red wire embroidered chainmail and leather T-shirt £4,950 and red wire embroidered chainmail and leather skirt (just seen) £5,225 both by Christopher Kane and 18ct white gold hoop earrings with white diamonds £27,500 by Garrard

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Hair neil Woolley at phamous artists using perCy and reed hair Make-up shinobu at Clm hair & maKe up using m.a.C CosmetiCs Nail Technician rebeCCa Jade Wilson at Jed root using illamasqua, Photographic Assistance Xi luis Fashion Assistance Katie beardsley and Giulia oddi Special thanks the russian Club www.therussianclub.co.uk

Cream roll neck £214 by M Missoni, double breasted crepe coat with wool collar £1,295 by Pringle of scotland, cropped skinny leg trousers £580 by chloé at harvey nichols, moccasins £510 by chanel and yellow gold C de Cartier necklace £9,075 and earrings as before both by cartier



Black merino wool fur collar vest £520, black ribbed wool turtleneck £125 and red blaze silk handkerchief skirt £170 all by Michael Michael Kors and eagle cuff £430 from The GreaT FroG LEFT Camel ribbed wool turtleneck £125 and red blaze scarf maxi dress £285 both by Michael Michael Kors, cuff as before and bracelet model’s own All clothing Michael Michael Kors a/W12 Hair Yoichi ToMiZaWa at arT-DePT.coM using shU UeMUra Make-up Fara hoMiDi Photographic Assistance Max Menacher Fashion Assistance aniTa laU Production Wei li WanG Model GeorGia hillMer at nexT MoDel ManaGeMenT

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Holly wears printed polo neck £12.90 by Uniqlo, logo jumper £220 by Kenzo, leopard print woollen skirt £1,018 by Christopher Kane, hair scrunchie £40 made to order by MC$, bee earrings £200 by Delfina Delettrez and ball stud earrings £5 for set of six by Claire’s aCCessories (both worn throughout). Charli wears shirt £65 by Carhartt-Wip, puffa jacket £229 by CKJeans, merino wool jumper (tied around waist) £350 by henry hollanD and skirt £40 by topshop. Georgia wears red jacket £65 by aDiDas originals, pleated skirt £12 from BeyonD retro, Cupid earring (worn throughout) £290 by Delfina Delettrez and ball stud earrings £5 for set of six by Claire’s aCCessories

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Charli wears Montana backpack £34.99 by superDrY and striped jumper £220 by Marc bY Marc Jacobs at selfriDges

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Georgia wears logo jumper £220 by Kenzo Holly wears black sportswear dri-fit turtleneck £35 by niKe and neon jumper £300 by Versace Charli wears socks £17 by Penrose, shoes £88 by KicKers and all clothing as before Holly wears white sportswear dri-fit turtleneck £35 by niKe, jumper £59 by cos, jacket £395 by christoPher shannon and scrunchie as before Holly wears jumper £70 by Umbro, Oxford shirt £90 by tommy hilfiger, skirt from bUrberry archiVe and basketball £45 by ellesse. Charli wears blue jumper £45 by adidas originals, shirt £350 by cotton Usa for loUise gray and pleated skirt £255 by the only son

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Denim shirt £230, gold pencil skirt £1,090, shoes as before, and sunglasses £230 all by DsquareD2. Flat flexible gilt collar £65 by Gillian Horsup at Grays antique Markets and 1980s GivencHy earrings £185 by susan caplan vintaGe Right: Denim shirt as before and striped fur jumper £1,280 both by DsquareD2 and 1980s cHanel earrings £595 from susan caplan vintaGe all clothing DsquareD2 a/W12 www.dsquared2.com Hair teiji at terrie tanaka ManaGeMent using BuMBle anD BuMBle Make-Up valeria Ferreira at caren using cHanel a/W 2012 and rouGe allure 2012 Photographic Assistance DreW WHeeler Fashion Assistance katie BearDsley Model HerietH at select MoDel ManaGeMent Special thanks tHe loFt stuDios www.loftstudios.co.uk

A-line light wash jeans £190 by MIH JEANS, corduroy shirt £65 by G-STAR RAW, Mongolian fur coat £1,500 by VERSUS at HARVEY NICHOLS, snakeskin belt £8 from BEYOND RETRO and slingback sandals £675 by CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN RIGHT Moto fitted denim shirt £32 from TOPSHOP, coat £3,206 by SONIA RYKIEL, jacquard woollen striped trousers £640 by MIU MIU and resin earrings £30 from GILLIAN HORSUP at GRAYS ANTIQUE MARKETS


Hand-knitted cross jumper £295 by Topshop UniqUe, cream roll neck jumper (just seen) £220 by M Missoni, shoulder pad striped T-shirt £32 by French connecTion, denim mini skirt with arrow pockets £120 by Apc and shoes £695 by roger ViVier LEFT V-neck ribbed jumper £495 by JonAThAn sAUnders from The shop AT The BlUeBird, denim waistcoat (worn underneath) £35 by Monki and light green resin earrings £30 from gilliAn horsUp at grAys AnTiqUe MArkeTs

Denim jumpsuit £560 by Chloé, ribbed roll neck jumper £23 from Beyond RetRo, flower embellished open toe heels £720 and flower embellished belt £320 both by PRada, orange resin curved bangle (just seen) £45 by PeBBle, brown bangle with stripe £30, and wooden linked bracelet £30 both from Gillian hoRsuP at GRays antique maRkets RIGHT Orange bobble knit jumper £1,620 by maRy katRantzou, corduroy flared trousers £110 by tommy hilfiGeR and dark green resin earrings £30 from Gillian hoRsuP at GRays antique maRkets Hair kota at BalCony JumP using shu uemuRa aRt of haiR Make-up nami yoshida using m.a.C CosmetiCs Set Design kimBeRley haRdinG Photographic Assistance kRistos GiouRGas Fashion Assistance katie BeaRdsley and Giulia oddi Hair Assistance WataRu suzuki Set Assistance Jess olson Retouching Phoenix BesPoke Model luma GRothe at PRemieR model manaGement

Men Expert Hydra Energetic Range moisturiser, Studio Line Matt & Messy, all by L’oRÉaL PaRis Grooming by Lucy BRidge at Jed Root Nail technician gina hadden at LMc woRLdwide

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Grey melange felted tweed coat £712 by KENZO, yellow quilted coat (tied around waist) £245 by TOMMY HILFIGER, silk skirt £335 by MARC BY MARC JACOBS, wedge boots £952 by KENZO, bag £218 by DIANE VON FURSTENBERG, ring (worn on left hand throughout) £260 by THE WILDNESS at THE GREAT FROG and ring (worn on right hand throughout) £110 from THE GREAT FROG RIGHT Shearling coat with embossed leather sleeves £2,900 by DKNY, silk printed shorts £100 by MARNI, woollen jacket (tied around waist) £340 by TOMMY HILFIGER, red wool sweater £480 by MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA, knitted roll neck (worn underneath) £625 by EMILIO PUCCI and silver boat necklace £185 from THE GREAT FROG

Leopard print cap by RobeRto Cavalli £157, purple silk pyjama set by DeRek Rose £499, white cotton briefs by Gap £9.99, gold chain necklaces by Pebble lonDon price on application, blue sparkly ankle socks by tabio £15

Clay slick wool dress £600 by Kenzo, pink fox fur coat £14,775 by emilio Pucci, orange woodstock jacquard pea coat £350 by Denim & SuPPlY RalPh lauRen, burgundy leather wedge ankle boots £1,032 by Kenzo, orange wool jumper (tied around waist) £90 by TommY hilfigeR, leopard print Twee calfskin mini £595 by JeRome DReYfuSS and necklace as before

Leopard print marmot fur coat £9,935, angel print bag £1,445 and white lace dress (just seen) £2,982 all by Dolce & Gabbana, bouclette wool coat (worn underneath) £1,420 by Sonia Rykiel, embroidered denim jacket £225 by DeniM & SUPPly RalPh laURen and necklace as before

Black patent coat £5,600, A-line skirt £1,000 and black roll neck jumper £890 all by CHRISTIAN DIoR, fur gilet £1,250, black and green printed coat £58, woollen coat (tied around waist) £621 all by DIANe VoN FuRSTeNbeRg and light bangle £95 from THe gReAT FRog

Leopard print cap by RobeRto Cavalli £157, purple silk pyjama set by DeRek Rose £499, white cotton briefs by Gap £9.99, gold chain necklaces by Pebble lonDon price on application, blue sparkly ankle socks by tabio £15

Denim beaded shirt £120 by Denim & suPPly RalPh lauRen, leopard print leather shorts £1,690 by Diesel blaCk GolD, leopard print coat £6,645 by DsquaReD2, rust orange coat (worn underneath) from sonia Rykiel aRChive ColleCtion, lace-up wedge boots £352 by kenzo, bag £1,060 by DolCe & Gabbana, and necklace as before Hair yoiChi tomizawa at aRt-DePt.Com using shu uemuRa aRt oF haiR Make-up FaRa homiDi Photographic Assistance max menaCheR Fashion Assistance anita lau Production wei li wanG Model ellinoRe eRiChsen at next moDel manaGement

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Slim fit light blue jeans from £110 and worn indigo chambray workshirt £90 both by Denim & Supply Ralph lauRen. Brown suede norbeck lace up boot £220 by Ralph lauRen ColleCtion Left: Graphic white T-shirt £35 and denim dungarees £220 both by Denim & Supply Ralph lauRen Hair hiRoShi matSuShita using BumBle anD BumBle Make-up holleigh gallon using m.a.C CoSmetiCS Fashion Assistance louiS millS Retouching Callum SaDleR Models geoRge and teSSa WeSteRhof at SeleCt moDel management Special thanks VyneR StReet StuDioS PA G E / 1 0 3


Roll neck £23 by AmericAn AppArel, embellished top £775 by SASS And Bide, large insect brooch £55 from GilliAn HorSup at GrAyS Antique mArketS and purple damask trousers £594 by peter pilotto Left: Roll neck £25 by AmericAn AppArel patterned shirt £380 by mArni and gold and crystal bracelet (worn as necklace) £1,320 by cHAnel

Roll neck £29.90 by United ColoUrs of Benetton, top £445 by M Missoni and gold and crystal necklace £2,780 by Chanel Right: Roll neck £12 by topshop, yellow printed dress £324 by Kenzo and gold moccasins £540 by Chanel

Roll neck £25 by ameriCan apparel, sequined top £660 from atelier mayer, blue skirt £390 by riChard niColl and large insect brooch and gold moccasins both as before Hair StelioS ChondroS at ViSion using BumBle and BumBle Make-up and Nail Technician ríona o’SulliVan using BoBBi Brown and Butter london Photographic Assistance Charlie noon Fashion Assistance miChael Xufu huang Model feliX at fm model agenCy

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BEAt connection Globetrotting Swedish super-producer Avicii – responsible for hits “Levels”, “Sunshine”, and breakthrough single “Seek Bromance” - has been selling out arenasized spaces like Wembley and Madison Square Garden. No wonder Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren have nabbed him to work on some exciting new musical collaborations. His latest project? The Grammy Award-nominee recorded an exclusive remix of club favourite “Silhouettes” and premiered it on VEVO, complete with a crowd footage-assembled video he produced in association with Ralph Lauren. It’s live now – so track it down for the authentic Avicii live experience. “Euphoric” doesn’t quite cut it - believe us.

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Sugar, Spice, all thingS nice: womenSwear brand monKi went from StocKholm to SelfridgeS in a year. here’S how. Rollacoaster reckons there’s never been a better time to visit Monki’s new flagship store on Carnaby Street, London, which opened in February. Why? The brand’s newly-launched womenswear range for A/W12 is languid and wonderfully wistful – the stuff of daydreams, you might say. In a great way. Monki’s Habit award-winning concept store – which now stocks the entire range – takes visitors on a fantastic journey, with a clothes “carousel”, tentacle lighting, moss-like carpets and scallops to boot. It’s an under-the-sea adventure unlike any other. We spoke to Tallulah Topac, head of Design at Monki, who claims that, though conceptual, the store’s primary statement is one of female empowerment. “We keep the graphical world in mind when commissioning the store’s design, and put a real emphasis on boosting women’s self esteem and creativity,” she says. The Monki girl, according to Topac, is “independent, savvy and loves to express herself. She’s confident and really knows how to have fun”. So there. Topac is also quick to point out that the Swedish brand is inspired by everything from vintage shopping, books, magazines and movies to travel. “We can’t stay away from fashion capitals like London, Paris, New York, Tokyo, Berlin, Antwerp and Seoul,” she says. “As a team we travel to London every season for inspiration, and to look at people in the streets and in the clubs to find our next train of thought.”

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This time last year, Monki made two giant steps forward. First was its brand-new concession mini-store in sprawling style palace Selfridges, a tester for the UK which remains today. Lifting the brand’s status in the fashion world to “cult”, the specially-designed 950 sq ft. space is as much a sensory journey as its Carnaby Street flagship. Second was the launch of community-based e-shop website Monki.com, offering visitors the chance to browse a comprehensive catalogue, watch Monki TV (the brand’s own television channel) and become part of the community receiving regular Monki-related updates. Monki TV, like Monki Magazine, aims to find and introduce new talent in music, fashion and the arts - recent episodes include an acoustic session with synth-poppers Icona Pop and an interview with British photographer Eleanor Hardwick. Topac – who worked for WeSC streetwear and J.Lindeberg before joining the brand - continues to set her goals sky-high. “Monki will keep on expanding, hopefully reaching other UK cities in the near future,” she says. “I have a team of 14 designers and graphic designers who work tirelessly to create distinctive, eclectic collections, and to keep pushing the brand further and further. Colourful, playful streetwear mixed with more experimental and tailored pieces – those are our goals for the project.” Enticed? Definitely! A bit light-headed? Us too.

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rollacoaster takes to the streets With sUPerdry’s slick neW MensWear collection, sebiro

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Superdry’s latest collection, Sebiro, is a collaboration by style guru James Holder, the label’s Brand and Design Director, and British tailoring overlord Timothy Everest MBE. The collection is divided into four looks - each one based on recognisable cultural signifiers. Included is a James Bond-inspired suit and a kinda Jarvis Cocker-style tweed/rock’n’roll number. Clever stuff, no? Here’s a li’l collection breakdown for you, Rollastyle: There are two suits, which you can purchase as separate items or as the full package. One’s called “The Super Spy” (the 007 cut) and it certainly lives up to its namesake’s slickness. Dig a little deeper and you’ll unearth two secret pockets – one in the jacket and one in the trousers – and little loops in the former that you can thread earphones through if you’re talking to someone hands-free - handy (or not!). Available in grey sharkskin or black cotton sateen, it’s sophisticated stuff. “Spy” is all slim fit and skinny trousers, while “The Bank Robber” features double breasted details and is available in charcoal pinstripe and navy herringbone. Then there’s the two suit jackets, “The Country Rebel” and “The San Franciscan”. The San Fran is consciously West Coast-ian: airy and tailored-for-summer, in contradiction to its heavy wool material. “The Rebel” is distinctly less American; more Saturday morning Guardian reader tweed-ian than bronzed beach bro. It has a chest pocket that you can turn inside out to make a handkerchief (adding a nice dose of functionality to the set) and straps inside that let you adjust the fit, so it’s nicely flexible.

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Each sold as separates, available now at Superdry’s International Flagship store. Jacket £175 and trousers £75. All clothing TIMOTHy EvEREST for SupERDRy. Grooming lEE MACHIn Model SAM TInGMAn at nExT MODEl MAnAGEMEnT lOnDOn Stockist SupERDRy InTERnATIOnAl, 103-113 Regent Street, LondonW1 SUPERDRY STORE, Westfield Shopping Centre, Ariel Way, London W12, www.superdry.com

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PoINt PhoTogRAPhER CHArloTTe M WAles FAshIoN EdIToR KATie BeArdsley

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If you’re a sneaker freak, you usually only have a few breeds to choose from: bulky skate shoes, high-spec sports trainers or limited-edition, hyper-coloured sneaks. Luckily for discerning footwear fans, Pointer Footwear’s offering a middle ground: simple, classic shoes that provide a much-needed breath of fresh air in a crowded footwear market. And it’s worked, too: since 2004, the British brand has slowly but surely gained a cult following for its quality shoes. Made with premium European leather and crafted in an artisanal factory in Portugal, Pointer aren’t scrimping on quality – in fact, Pointer founder Gareth Skewis insists that all employees train at John Lobb, the legendary 19th century English shoemaker that makes shoes by royal appointment. And while we’re particularly enamoured with this pair of navy suede brogues for women, boys can get in on the action with its menswear line. Game on, everyone.

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How To Dress well – ToTal loss

It ain’t easy being Tom Krell – or at least as far as Total Loss, his experimental R&B sophomore LP as How to Dress Well would have you believe. Songs like “Ocean Floor For Everything”, “Cold Nites” and the deliciously sultry “Set It Right” suck you into Brooklynite Krell’s murderously lossfull world – and spit you out punch-drunk and frozen cold. I’m not sure HTDW would exist in quite the same capacity had James Blake’s overcooked eponymous record not shifted the post rock/Anticon-electronica template three years ago – but comparisons to Blake end at a safe distance. This is about as personal a record as they come: Krell seems happy distancing himself from lyrical immediacy in order to deeper explore his headspace, peculiar and otherworldly as it is. “There’s an ocean floor for everything:” he sings. “For me, the sun... he gone.” Total Loss is out on September 18th via Acéphale.

Brandy – Two ElEvEn

“Long awaited” – a bandied about term in music writing in these one-song-and-you’redone days (Lana Del who? We kid - but you get the point…). But the re-arrival of sooouuuul sista Brandy Norwood for her newest LP Two

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Eleven – post car crash, near-fatal career stoop and 2008’s dismally low-rent instalment Human – is a big event. Cue contributions from some of pop’s biggest players – Frank Ocean offers up vocals for “Scared of Beautiful”, one of the year’s strongest smooth-R&B ballads, and producer Shondrae “Bangladesh” Crawford for “Put It Down”; an exemplary synca-pop moment. Two Eleven is out on October 13th via Chameleon Entertainment/ RCA Records.

“Elephant”, on the other hand, is a four minute diploma on the power of a dynamic, sweat-drenched T-Rex bass riff. Lonerism is out on October 8th via Modular Recordings.

words Jack mIllS

AND THe wiNNer is... Brandy, duh. all TogEThEr now: “i’m’a puT iT down, you gon’ fall in lovE...”, ThaT “puT iT down” hook wE almosT cErTainly won’T BE aBlE To sTop chanTing comE This TimE nExT yEar

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Tame Impala – lonErism

Tame Impala are magicians. They don’t have day jobs as comedy club table-to-table entertainers, but songs on the five piece stoner-rock band’s newest offering, Lonerism, tend to factor in feel-good moments when you least expect them. “Apocalypse Dreams”, for example, pushes John Lennon’s propensity for easternsounding psychedelia into outer-limits luminosity. Single

TrUST – TrsT

TRUST is Robert Alfons and Maya Postepski of grave melodicists Austra. They match: Alfons’ stern vocal delivery on track “Sulk” - a cut from the Toronto duo’s debut full length - is accompanied welcomingly by Postepski’s wasted, trance-y dread-synth. Opener “Shoom” sees Alfons whip out a Phil Collins-from-beyond-the-grave falsetto atop an awkward stumbling Depeche Mode pattern. Demented and derivative, but kind of right. TRST is out on October 16th via Arts & Crafts/PIAS.

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