Thursday, 28 November 2013

STYLE DISSECTION: CLUELESS

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I originally wrote this for Noisey but I wanted to post it here as the style chops of Cher, Dionne, and maybe even Amber, have given me oodles of 90's fashion inspirations.   
Clueless is not just a movie. It’s a guide to life. It teaches you that it was “That Polonius guy” not Hamlet who said, “To thine own self be true.” But you knew that already—you remember Mel Gibson correctly. Over the eighteen (gulp) years since its release it has introduced us to so many things. And done it with fur-trimmed plaid panache. When I watched it for the first time as a wide-eyed preteen, I fell head first in love with everything about it. Including the soundtrack, this was, after all, the first time I heard Radiohead.
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I revisited the film a couple of weeks ago and was struck, by the BITCHIN' outfits—versions of which you can pick up right now because 1995 is currently hemorrhaging all over Urban Outfitters—but I was also freshly impressed by its score. In 2013 we're used to teen films doubling up as both entertainment and a musical education, but Clueless was totally ahead of the curve. So let's take some time to give it some snaps.  It will be way decent of you.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

DAY OFF WITH POSY SIMMONDS


We have a day off tour today and are back in London until Friday, when we head to Europe. I'm spending my afternoon with Posy Simmonds and a plate of chocolate chip cookies. I got into Posy's books a couple of years ago when I first read 'Tamara Drewe', and have been a big fan ever since.

I love it when writers take classic stories and give them a re-think for the modern age. 'Tamara Drewe' is loosely based on 'Far From The Madding Crowd', while 'Gemma Bovery' is, of course, a big fat nod to 'Madame Bovary'. In 2010 'Tamara Drewe' was made into a film starring Gemma Arterton, Tamsin Grieg and one of my favourite actors, Roger Allam, and it's a pretty faithful adaptation. The book is perfection as graphic novels go, and Posy really crams a lot into her pages. There is so much text to sink your teeth into. And she has a great sense of humour, I love her satirisation of a weekly gossip mag in 'Tamara Drewe', seen below.

Friday, 22 November 2013

SOMEWHERE I LOVE: THE DEAF INSTITUTE MANCHESTER



On Monday we got to play at one of my favourite venues, The Deaf Institute in Manchester. Every time we have a show there I always look forward to it, and not only because I got see one of my best buds Natalie. The building is beautiful, the stage is a dream to play on, the staff are lovely, and the food is the toppest of the notchest. But first, just look at this d├ęcor.  

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

STYLE DISSECTION: SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH

I wrote this for HelloGiggles a while back, but I want to have it on here, as there's so much style inspiration.  It's magic!

Apparently a re-boot of the much-loved Archie spin-off, ”Sabrina The Teenage Witch”, is happening. In the re-boot though, she’s a superhero, instead of just a teenage girl with magical powers. I know which one I’d rather be.*
*Witch, obviously.



Anyway, I recently got my grubby hands on the original movie of ”Sabrina The Teenage Witch”, which went on to spawn  the TV show. I was overjoyed to see it was as fantastic as I remember. Plus, now fashion has rolled back round to the 90′s (hello No Doubt reunion), I still covet most of the clothes. I imagine it’s pretty hard to get hold of this on DVD so I decided to do a re-cap for you.