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Color Code, “I LIKE DAT”. Nicola Formichetti’s new Haus of Gaga.

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The multi-talented fashion designer Nicola Formichetti has recently launched the Pop Icon Project Tokyo. The aim is to spot Japanese talents and to then try to reach a global audience.

An interesting move; not so many people in Europe or in Americas really know what’s going on in Japan; we have an approximate knowledge, and we can often dive into clichés. And it’s a shame, because amazing artists like Sputniko! reveal breaking works and ideas. There are interesting forums about J-Pop for instance, but it’s not that easy to get to know the codes, rituals.

Formichetti’s attempt is not to create a confidential, subcultural band: it’s to hit big. Following what he’s done with Lady Gaga, the Italian designer (who has a Japanese mother, between) released today on his instagram account the first music video by his new whim: Color Code.

Three energetic cool girls who will probably make us dance in the coming months.

Let’s follow the vibes…



The Home Current: the DJ you need to know in London

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I’ve listened to Martin aka The Home Current two times. The first time during a vernissage for the launch of Ghosts of Gone Birds’ brilliant book by Chris Aldhous. And the second time for The Jacuzzi Club. Amazing vibes, tribal samples, a very eclectic DJ who could be the right fit between Carl Craig and afro-beats.

We had a chance to ask him few questions. Enjoy.

Hi Martin: who are you by day and who are you by night?
By day a conservationist working for Thames21 to protect the waterways of Greater London. By night co-founder/owner of record label Second Language, DJ, musician and vinyl collector.
The Guardian talks about a “slashers” generation: do you consider that you’re one of them / us?
I believe quite a lot of people qualify as so called ‘slashers’ and I would have thought this would have been the case for decades if not centuries. Look at George
Washington: General, president, visionary, break-dancer. It’s hardly a new thing.

Where do you get your inspirations?

From different people, cultures and sounds. And from nature. Oh and from the internet.

What do you think when you mix?

Usually something along the lines of “did I close the window/disconnect the iron before I left?”
What can we wish you?
A long, healthy and happy life – and that I come across an affordable copy of Lata Ramasar’s The Greatest Name That Lives 12″
You can follow Martin on:

and twitter: The Home Current

Discover Martin’s top 20 album list for 2013:

1. TM404: S/T (Kontra)

2. Musiccargo: Harmonie (Emotional Response)

3. Special Request: Soul Music (Houndstooth)

4. Patrick Cowley: School Daze (Dark Entries)

5. Who Is William Onyeabor: S/T (Luaka Bop)

6. Serafina Steer: The Moths Are Real (Stolen)

7. Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument: Shemonmuanaye (Awesome Tapes From Africa)

8. Woo: Whichever Way You Are Going, You Are Going Wrong (Emotional Rescue)

9. Finis Africae: A Last Discovery, The Essential Collection, 1984-2001 (EM Records)

10. Studio Ghibli: Kokyo Kyokushu (Mondo)

11. Karl Hyde: Edgeland (Universal)

12. Express Rising: S/T (Not On Label)

13. Boards Of Canada: Tomorrow’s Harvest (Warp)

14. Craig Leon: Nommos (Superior Viaduct)

15. Grazia: S/T (Fortuna)

16. Gunnar Haslam: Mimesiak (L.I.E.S.)

17. Angéle David-Guillou: Kourouma (Village Green)

18. Dickon Hinchliffe: Red Riding, In The Year Of Our Lord 1980 (Blackest Ever Black)

19. Rauelsson: Vora (Sonic Pieces)

20. Forest Swords: Engravings (Tri Angle)


“The world can be saved through design” – Kanye West

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We’re amazed at how the auto-proclaimed “biggest rockstar of all” Kanye West has managed to make a move on the whole media-sensitive creative sphere. As reluctant as the so-called underground scene might feel, Ye is smartly sharing his point to the world. After crying out loud on general media, M. West also took the discreet and subtle time to talk to the ones he says he defends: the creative minds.

Here he is, having a sweet talk to the ears of Harvard Graduate School of Design, waivering some subtle humor: “I’m not a politician, I am – at my best – politically incorrect”, and keeping his cool. No Rant For Once!

Creative genius? Who are we to judge. But Marketing genius? Definitely.


Miley Cyrus is a Springbreaker

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As late adopters, we took Miley Cyrus seasonal story backwards from all the fuss since the VMA 2013 performance, and just went on to watch her “We Can’t Stop” music video. The least we can say is that our perception flipped all over.

The buzz explosion literally buried the whole story behind this new personae of hers. “We Can’t Stop” proves that commentators and other outraged trolls have no idea what this is all about. Miley Cyrus goes on a so-called scandalous trip that has nothing more shocking than Harmony Korine’s Springbreakers. By the way, the whole imaginarium behind “We Can’t Stop” seems sensibly inspired by last year’s most wicked youth manifesto.

Curiously enough, when a legit indie filmmaker drops a bunch of Disney girls into a bath of blood and acid, critics and people alike put a fist under their chin with an interested frown. But when a popstar goes down the stream, she gets slut-bashed. We’re now convinced Miley has all the rights to twerk her way through freedom, whatever Lily Allen may think of it.

Our video of interest, with all its soulful blunt youth aspirations:



Les Parisiennes

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As we’ve left Paris for quite some time now for cosmopolitan horizons in London and Ho Chi Minh City, we forgot what a Parisienne was like. And we’re sorry but our beloved Paris Fashion Week crowd is not Parisienne at all. While Isabel Marant is blowing her concept worldwide with H&M, we’re feeling refreshed with this music video from S-Crew called Les Parisiennes.



Far from a naive fragrance commercial cliché, this video packs real charm. Parisiennes are not Kate Moss or Carine Roitfeld knock-offs. They’re cosmopolitan. Blonde, brunette, Asian, Mediterranean. They are natural and even the naturalist take of the video does not fall on the hipster side of raw posing that all indie pop bands are nowadays showing.

Our dear Parisiennes are described as admirable for their adventurous lifestyle, their cocktail pick, but also take a dent because they’d be inaccessible. Like many New-Yorkers and Londoners, she’s become cynical. But S-Crew knows where the fault is: from us guys first-time heartbreakers. “The first boy did not love them” / “They see passion just as a game”.


The beat goes on at London Fashion Week with Philips Fidelio M1

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Yes, London Fashion Week happened; a very different edition from last year: less access for bloggers, a mix of teenage brands and more established ones trying to pimp. Well, I guess that this time, the most interesting shows were outside Somerset House. Fair enough, as a lot of massive events happened around the traditional program.

Philips offered us a great Fidelio M1 to keep the good vibes banging and kicking. A chic and comfy accessory that we’ve carried with love and delight.

Here are some pictures from Topman x Black On Black AFTER PARTY, hosted by Shorebitch at Casa Negra. An impressive line-up:

DJ Cable (DMC World Champion)
You Need To Hear This Dj Zara Martin
Bill & Will
Miguel Dare
Mem, @YNTHT_UK, #YouNeedToHearThis


Why U.S. Hip Hop has become relevant (again)

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A few months ago, tracking down my mate Rudibell‘s music picks, I started picking up interest for U.S. Hip Hop after years apart – my last solid fond memories would go back to 2004’s N*E*R*D’s Fly or Die album. By that time, I used to listen repeatedly to the groove of Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams on CD, in my young expat room in Vietnam. 8 years later, here I am in the very same Saïgon thinking about how Hip Hop has been a contributing force in contemporary creative industries.

As a cruising fashion contributor, I must say these past few months have been a blast for the Hip Hop scene. After years of reconfiguration with basement work from heavyweights Timbaland (who’s to thank for JT’s unchallengeable Futuresex/Lovesounds), Jay-Z and Kanye West, the industry has found a second breath, if not a second life.

Kanye West tried his way in the fashion industry alone then with cult brand A.P.C., from which the very posh Givenchy brand has recently invited young gun Dominic Lord onto the row, while Jay-Z shared the scene with Marina Abramovic and Pusha-T mentioned Philip Lim and Derek Lam in Trust You lyrics. Not to mention the thing with Alexander Wang (New Slaves).

The reason why Hip Hop has become so… Hip – is simple: this bunch of artists are the only ones in the world with such an interest in their Lifestyle, and have a unique way of talking about it, creating around it.

A$ap Rocky’s Fashion Killa:

Her attitude Rihanna, she get it from her mama
She jiggy like Madonna, but she trippy like Nirvana
Cause everything designer, her jeans is Helmut Lang
Shoes is Alexander Wang and her shirt the newest Donna
 wearing all the Cartier frames

Jean Paul Gaultiers cause they match with her persona

A$ap Rocky (c) Mark Pillai for L’Express Styles

Chela / Romanticise. 80s meet Facebook party.

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There’s a lot of crap R&B, groovy songs these days. So when a girl you could meet out of a laundrette gives good vibes for the end of summer, you just want to say thank you.

CHELA’s first EP “Romanticise” is coming… Out digitally on August 26th on Kitsuné! The Aussie Chela is already known for amazing collaborations like on Goldroom’s summer anthem “Fifteen” and more recently Clubfeet’s newest single “Heartbreak“.

Disco, good old synthetic beats, a melancholia matching a dancing fever.

Along with the original tracks, remixes by Gold Fields, Collarbones, Boys Get Hurt, Le Bruce and Fascinator remix.


Pre-order “Romanticise” now on iTunes :

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soundcloud : @chelamusic
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Nancy Wang x Classixx x Urban Outfitters

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Classixx, the Los Angeles duo have released a new video for “All You’re Waiting For”, featuring Nancy Whang on vocals.

Urban Outfitters sponsored the making of the video, which shows Whang living a life of leisure aboard a yacht, playing with puppies and guzzling martinis. Whang was a part of LCD Soundsystem’s live touring act and has also done a load of vocal collaboration with The Juan Maclean.

Directed by Tim K and produced by Urban Outfitters as part of the UO Music Video Series. Get a peek behind the scenes with director Tim K. at

From the new Classixx album Hanging Gardens, out now on Innovative Leisure. “All You’re Waiting For3 remixes to be released July 23 featuring remixes by Switch & Eric Broucek:”

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Why Kanye “Yeezus” can conquer Paris with style

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While commenters have given a harsh welcome to Kanye West for his first steps into the world of fashion design, we shall agree to disagree. Although we won’t claim that Kanye will revolutionize luxury fashion, we’re pretty sure he’s gunning rightly for the title of most influent artist in the world. As exemplified yesterday in Paris, French iconic designers have no more grasp on world trends. After successful stints alongside Madonna and Lady Gaga, Jean-Paul Gaultier has given light and patronage to a blingy and brain-dead real-TV starlet: Nabilla Benattia.

This late one has famously confessed being admirative of top-level TV star (and Kanye’s girl) Kim Kardashian.

The trouble is: Kanye may well be dating a TV star, he’s just got on to set the record straight with his latest album Yeezus. Creatively speaking, the man has grown into standards of both entertainment (Runaway / My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy) and experimentation (Yeezus). Thus he’s been proving that art is both a subject for radicality and compromise.

Whereas Jean-Paul Gaultier has just been shooting at people in the light of media for attention, while not proving much on the creative grounds. There’s finally another symptom of Paris and French creativity rigidified in the old patrimonial comfort of history. Paris Fashion Week seems to have trouble dealing with the present and with the tough competition on the international fields of creativity. As trade talks between the US and Europe are heating up, good old France is trying to protect something quite obsolete, while american artists are inventing the future of culture.

Nabilla Benattia at Jean Paul Gaultier Couture FW13 Show
Nabilla Benattia at Jean Paul Gaultier Couture FW13 Show