The ‘French touch,’ a phrase now with diffused meaning, was once reserved for a pioneering form of dance music largely developed, and certainly popularized, by producers in France. The torch was lit by Daft Punk, handed to Justice, and held aloft by so many other imitators. And then came Yelle. Making their début in 2005, the Gallic trio immediately found comfort in kick-and-snare–heavy drums, phasers, and deliciously gritty bass-lines. Both lighthearted and serious-minded, Yelle’s music is expertly crafted, bubbly, and just as easy to imbibe. Unlike so many other bands, however, Yelle does something with their influences.
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Our fashion director Alastair McKimm picks the ten best Spring 2015 collections from London Fashion Week, including Burberry Prorsum, Christopher Kane, Giles, Joseph, JW Anderson, Marques’Almeida, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Simone Rocha, Thomas Tait, and Tom Ford.
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Our hair is a part of us, but it is also, in many ways, something apart. So argues Guido Palau, the British hairstylist who has been, thanks to his consistent work for houses like Alexander Wang, Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Prada, and Lanvin, responsible for some of the most memorable coiffures to come down the runway in recent years. “It’s just a material, something to be manipulated, teased, and trussed into different shapes and colors to define a style for me,” he explains in an interview with Tim Blanks in his second book, HAIR, out this week. A wealth of those intricate and iconic styles are on display as well, all photographed in stark, bleached portraits by David Sims, one of Palau’s longtime collaborators in his frequent editorial work for W and the American, French, and Italian editions of Vogue.
Our fashion director Alastair McKimm picks the ten best Spring 2015 collections from New York Fashion Week.
The Swedish winter can be brutal; it’s dark, cold, and wet. Or, as the singer Mapei sees it, the perfect background for writing and producing upbeat pop music.
Born in Rhode Island, but raised in Stockholm, Mapei got her start as a rapper. The 2009 DJ Mehdi-produced Cocoa Butter Diaries EP offered a glimpse into what she was capable of, but it wasn’t until 2013, when she released her unmissable hit “Don’t Wait” that everything changed. “I felt it. I was like, This is a banger,” she says. Written off a tweet by her cousin—“a friend indeed”—the track was originally meant to be a Ying Yang Twins-style snap song. The soulful single now opens Mapei’s début album, Hey, Hey, out today.
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