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On the terrace with Hermes and Henry

Hermes magazine Un Mirage by Mark Borthwick styling by Melanie Ward

London is experiencing a few days of welcome (albeit intermittent) sun and I’m starting to get holiday vibes. These Hermès pictures portray the feeling, thanks to Mark Borthwick’s sunlight-flooded photography, Melanie Ward’s impeccable styling and Hermès’ summer-ready clothes. The photos are from the current Hermès magazine and the shoot is called Un Mirage…

Hermes magazine Un Mirage by Mark Borthwick styling by Melanie Ward
Hermes magazine Un Mirage by Mark Borthwick styling by Melanie Ward
Hermes magazine Un Mirage by Mark Borthwick styling by Melanie Ward
Hermes magazine Un Mirage by Mark Borthwick styling by Melanie Ward
Hermes magazine Un Mirage by Mark Borthwick styling by Melanie Ward

To continue the outdoorsy theme, for a few days only, you can enjoy the outside terrace of the Hermès London flagship store. The terrace is usually hidden as it’s part of an office block, but while we have the fine weather, why not head to this secret spot and enjoy the rarely sighted Henry Moore sculpture, ‘Draped Reclining Figure’?

Hermès hosted a low key breakfast yesterday morning to celebrate its terrace where it serve tea in its new ‘Carnets d’Equateur’ tableware. So if it rains, feel free to take shelter in store – the tableware department is conveniently situated right next to the terrace…

1 Hermes Bond street terrace and Carnets d'Equateur tableware
Hermes Bond street Henry Moore sculpture
1 Hermes Bond street terrace and Carnets d'Equateur tableware
Hermes Bond street Henry Moore sculpture

The Hermès terrace is open until Monday 30th May 2016 (weather permitting…)

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
Images: Mark Borthwick/Hermès; Disneyrollergirl
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Weekender uncensored

Weekender by Flowered Up music video directed by WIZ

I had such a nice chat with video director W.I.Z a couple of days ago, who called me following this recent i-D piece I contributed to. The piece is part of a series of interviews with fashion bods on their favourite pop videos. I agonised for ages over it because, well, don’t we all have dozens of favourites? In the end, I went for ‘Weekender’, an 18 minute long mini-film from 1992, that W.I.Z directed for the band Flowered Up. You can read all about it in the link, but I very much enjoyed researching the band because frankly, I couldn’t remember much from 1992.

But this is an amazing and evocative video that I re-watch every few months. It really is compelling viewing and one of those videos where each time you watch it, you notice something new. Same goes for the song, that segues from one genre into another, seamlessly and deliriously. ‘Weekender’ is the story of the young working class nine-to-fiver who lives for the weekend when he (or she) lets loose and – this being 1992 – raves hard.

The versions I usually watch on YouTube are actually the shorter, censored versions. But W.I.Z alerted me to the full length uncensored version on his Vimeo. As the track was longer than three minutes, and the band refused to shorten it, it received no radio play and only reached number 20 in the charts.

It was also considered controversial at the time because it was deemed to glorify drug use. If you look though, you’ll see that it’s not a glamorous video at all. In fact, the underlying message of the song is rather questioning. It does all look quite realistic though (I’d say that’s very much a strength), so much so that it was a direct influence on the stomach-churning realism of Danny Boyle’s classic 1996 film, Trainspotting.

I chose this video simply because I love it, with no outside influence. But in a happy coincidence, it transpires that the British Film Institute have also recently recognised this wonderful piece of filmmaking. I won’t give everything away here but W.I.Z is working on restoring the film for something that’s happening in the next year or so. So chances are there will be an opportunity to watch it on a big screen and learn more about the influences behind it.

Now read the original piece in i-D here.

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
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My picks from Vogue Festival and Photo London 2016

Vogue Festival 2015 -cover wall

Next weekend is set to be jam-packed with activity from a double whammy of Vogue Festival and Photo London. Vogue Festival in partnership with Harrods, is in its fifth year now and I think the line-up for next weekend is its best ever. I guess that’s to be expected though, when it’s also a celebration of 100 years of British Vogue. I’m particularly excited about the interviews with Grace Coddington, Juergen Teller and Gucci’s Allesandro Michele, all unique creatives who aren’t overexposed as media personalities. (more…)

Self Service beauty

claire thomson jonville Self Service editor

I had no idea the editor of Self Service is a Scot. Claire Thomson Jonville’s definitely absorbed the Parisian cool-girl look of don’t-care hair, denim and great shoes. Head over to Into The Gloss for the full breakdown (not to mention the beauty product porn)…

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGE: Self Service