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Carnival vibes



Converse Notting Hill Carnival trainers

I might have to put aside my allegiance to plain off white All Star high tops, in deference to these Carnival tribute Chucks from Converse. Aren’t they jaunty? Converse has released these exclusive limited editions today on Converse.com (£70) along with two customised styles by British music artists Lady Leshurr and Clara Amfo.

I have a love-hate relationship with Carnival. I love the food and the vibes (I live on the fringes so we can get jerk chicken literally on our doorstep) but the crowds get worse every year as the route is inclined to pen people into certain streets. It was all so much chiller back in the day.

If you’re interested in the origins of Carnival, try to get your hands on the book, Carnival: A Photographic and Testimonial History of the Notting Hill Carnival by Ishmahil Blagrove Jr and Margaret Busby that came out a couple of years ago. The photography and storytelling are incredibly evocative, not to mention a wonderful history lesson.  (There’s a good piece on it here.) It looks like it might be out of print as it’s showing unavailable everywhere, but keep your eyes peeled…

A great book about Notting Hill Carnival by Allan Capitan Thornhill

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Converse, Allan Capitan Thornhill
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Quote of the day: Agnès b



Agnes b quote of the day

“Since we launched, we’ve always sold the 12mm and 16mm striped tops, and we won’t stop. It’s a garment you know you can keep forever. It works for children, men and women. David Bowie loved it. We have pictures of him towards the end of his life wearing the larger stripe. No one knew it was Agnès b. I never told anyone that we were dressing him.”
Love this interview with Agnès b in the FT, I have bought so many of her tees over the years.



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. (more…)



Long read: Why festivals are a gift to the beauty industry



Afro Punk festival. Photo by Driely S
As Coachella mania threatens to invade all your social feeds, get ready for a gazillion guides to festival dressing, best dressed galleries and hair how-tos (heads-up: it’s still all about the braids). And just because you don’t ‘do’ festivals, don’t think you can ignore them. Festivals and fashion are all part of the commercial entertainment system. Much as I’d like to think it’s all about the music, it’s not, these days it’s an all encompassing ‘experience’. If you work in fashion media, design or marketing, the festival season is becoming as crucial as Christmas for opportunities to engage audiences and sell lots of lovely product promote your brand.

While we all know how effective festival coverage is for selling Hunter wellies, fringed ponchos and hair crowns, there’s another big opportunity that shouldn’t be overlooked. And the time to get involved is sooner than you think. Enter the festival beauty opportunity – here are five takaways on why festivals are a gift to the beauty industry… (more…)