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Both nostalgic and consciously beat driven, We Are Pilots echoes Depeche M o d e a n d N e w O r d e r . With echoes of Depeche Mode and New Order, Shiny Toy Guns harken back to a time of Aqua Net and awkward high school socials. The band’s debut We Are Pilots (Universal Motwon) is both nostalgic and consciously beat driven, nestling into an uncharacterized niche highlighted by unique synths. Album standouts include the upbeat dance-driven “Le Disko,” the countdown-chorus infused “Don’t Cry Out,” and the catchy and classic “Rainy Monday.” Close your eyes and you can kind of hear Phil Collins singing in your ear, but throw in the haunting vocal trade-offs between Chad Petree and Carah Faye, the synth ingenuity of Jeremy Dawson, and the pulse-pumping beats of percussionist Mikey Martin, and Shiny Toy Guns’ brand of futuristic pop is at the same time melancholy and hopeful. Don’t drown in your sorrows; dance in them. WWW.SHINYTOYGUNS.COM
Crystal Castles is anelectronic music band from Ontario, consisting of producer Ethan Kath and vocalist Alice Glass. Crystal Castles are known for their chaotic live shows and their lo-fi home productions Crystal Castles have been described as "the kind of music that you just want to follow like a cult, or hate, with every fibre of your being." To listen to Crystal Castles, according to the BBC, "is to be cast adrift in a vortex of deafening pain without a safety net. You get the feeling you could do anything in the world, but that 'anything' would ultimately mean nothing. Crystal Castles marks a nuanced emotional territory that dance music never covered before." Crystal Castles musical style has been described as "ferocious, asphyxiating sheets of warped one-dimensional Mario Paint loops and bruising drum bombast that beats into the heart with sheer shrill force, and burrowing deeply into the mind of free thought like a fever"
At first, it's hard to understand why Big Scary has its name. The folk rock duo by Tom Lansek and Jo Syme has a gentle, summer-breeze type of sound, and the artists themselves look like normal young musicians who can get by with a guitar, a sleeping bag, and a really shiny shampoo.
But listen to their newest single, Autumn, and you'll get why the Melbourne natives picked their moniker - at least a little bit. Besides the pounding drums in the background, the song sounds like a long-lost sibling of Karen O and Carter Burwell's tunes for Where The Wild Things Are - rhythmic, impatient, hopeful.
Sarah Burton is the new creative director ofAlexander McQueen, succeeding the label's founder, who committed suicide in February. Burton was McQueen's right-hand woman and has been head of design for womenswear since 2000. She completed McQueen's fall 2010 collectionafter the designer's death just weeks before the show. The 1997 Central Saint Martins graduate started working for the label in 1996 and has promised to "stay true to [McQueen's] legacy."
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER has announced that he is leaving luxury French fashion label HermĂ¨s. The house has named Christopher Lemaire - currently creative director of Lacoste as his successor. "HermĂ¨s is deeply grateful to Jean Paul Gaultier for his outstanding creative contribution during these seven years," the company told WWD. Gaultier will leave after the label's spring/summer 2011 collection is showcased in October and Lemaire will take the helm at women's ready-to-wear at the start of the autumn/winter 2011 collec-
Gucci Group, which pledged shortly after McQueen's suicide to keep the label going, hasn't revealed any details on the spring 2011 show, which is just about four months away. McQueen was known, among so many things, for his fantastical, theatrical runway shows. The fall 2010 show was a private, scaledback affair for very select guests since the staff didn't feel right executing the concept McQueen had devised for that show without him.
Taking current or established images from the internet, fashion magazines and films, Huescaborn Ricardo Fumanal uses his imagination to transform his finds beyond all recognition. With commercial work for YSL and Mango, and depictions of the presidential campaigns for Leer already under his belt, his surreal images veer from fashion-based illustration to more political works.
JOHN GALLIANO is set to play himself in a film about the life of Isabella Blow. Legendary milliner Philip Treacy confirmed that the film, which has been in discussion for some time, is to go ahead whilst he attended Naomi Campbell's 40th birthday in Cannes this weekend. "We had not hugged since Isabella Blow's funeral three years ago, and he shared fabulous news: He has a producer to do a film on Isabella, and Galliano has already confirmed to play himself," Andre Leon Talley - a friend of both Treacy and Blow writes on VOGUE "Who will play Isabella? Treacy has a great trick up his hat, and it's going to rock the world, but he cannot reveal it until this major new talent confirms."
Emma Lรถfstrรถm is far from new in the game. Trained at CSM and RCA, the Swedish illustrator and artist has both studied and worked in London for several years. Now back home in her native country, the 28year-old is drawing inspiration from what she missed in the big city with its bright lights; nature in all its full glory. Mother nature and a sense of romanticism are often key ingredients in Lรถfstrรถm's work. Whether it be commercial clients or obscure art projects, her subtle colours and the soulful faces of human beings are always present.
Swedish illustrator trained at Central Saint Martins and Royal College of Art impresses with en eye for colours and details
Streetwear, youth culture and countryside footpath murders are just a few inspirations behind the designs of Rael Stone. The Kingston University final year student has just presented his first unisex collection, resulting in an eclectic mix of metal headpieces, distressed jerseys and printed knits fit for an urban samurai
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