She may only be in her twenties, but Majke Voss Romme (aka Broken Twin) creates music with a bittersweet worldliness that belies her chronological age. Take, for instance, “Glimpse of a Time,” the first release from her new record, May. It’s a spare song instrumentally—just a guitar and Majke’s soft, subtle vibrato—but it’s incredibly powerful in its simplicity and illustrates why Broken Twin is one of those bands that stops you in your tracks and makes you listen.
We managed to grab a moment with the Danish singer-songwriter before her new album drops and she sets off on a mini-European tour (including several festivals that highlight emerging bands, like Spot Festival in Denmark and Sounds from Another City in the UK).
THE THREAD: The video for “Glimpse of a Time” is simple, but at the same time, it really amplifies the poignancy of the song. How did you come up with the concept for it?
MAJKE VOSS ROMME: Thank you. I wanted something simple and non-narrative. Something that contrasted the lightness of the song. When Jonas Bang and I met up, we talked it over and decided to look for a location first and build the video from there. We wanted somewhere old and empty that we could fill with something new, so we started looking for abandoned houses. Jonas found this old building with high ceilings and lots of rooms. Apparently, back in the day, this was where the king would stay over when he was out swan-hunting! So the place really had a story of its own, but we didn’t. There was no storyboard—we just tried different things until it was there. It was impulsive and fun.
THE THREAD: Your new album, May, comes out on April 29th. Is there a thematic connection the name of the record and the material on it?
MAJKE: I chose May as a title, because I wanted something that was simple yet could mean different things. It’s funny how a lot of people seem to focus on the fact that it’s a month. A month in spring. It is, of course, but may can mean other things as well. Like the wish or doubt of something. The uncertainty. There’s a duality to the word that I really like. And I think it fits the album well.
Last month, Nordstrom announced a very exciting partnership with FashionProject.com, a socially conscious site that sells high-quality men’s and women’s clothing, shoes and accessories that are donated by style-savvy shoppers. Harvard alums Christine Rizk and Anna Palmer founded the project in 2012 to curate and re-sell lightly used items, with part of the proceeds going to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Qualifying donors will now receive an additional perk—a $40 Nordstrom Gift Card—for every five qualifying items donated to the Fashion Project.
To help us celebrate this fashion-forward initiative, Lubov Azria, Chief Creative Officer of BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP, gives us a sneak peek into her closet and does a little spring cleaning just for the Fashion Project.
Eileen Fisher, a pioneer in sustainable clothing, helps us celebrate Earth Day with a look at her most eco-conscious collection to date. For spring 2014, 52% of the line is designed as part of The Eco Collection and 70% of the cotton manufactured for the entire offering is organic.
“Becoming more mindful about clothing means looking at every fiber and every seed and every dye and seeing how to make it better. We don’t want sustainability to be our edge—we want it to be universal,” says Fisher.
SmartStyle: There are so many eco-chic options—from organic linens to hemp to biodegradable Tencel® to bluesign®-certified silks (Chinese silks that are dyed and finished using fewer chemicals, less water and less energy).
Craving more Moss? The supermodel gives us a sneak peek at her highly anticipated collaboration with Topshop, available starting April 30 in over 60 Nordstrom stores and online. “The pieces are all inspired by my own wardrobe, items that I can wear in different situations and in different ways,” says the fashion muse.
Trend: Balearic Dressing. The new boho look is inspired by one of Kate’s favorite destinations, the Balearic Islands.
For vinyl junkies, there is little finer than an afternoon spent flipping through the stacks at your favorite record store, searching for a mint-condition original pressing, snapping up a 180g reissue of a must-have disc or getting the vinyl version of a hot new release just for the cover art. In an age where we can stream music 24/7 from the cloud, record collectors seek out a more tangible experience.
Record Store Day (Saturday, April 19) furthers that experience by offering RSD-only releases, including the aforementioned reissues, titles never available on vinyl before, new material from current bands and extra-special treats like picture discs and colored vinyl.
We pored over the list of more than 400 U.S.-only releases and selected a few of the albums we’d love to get our hands on. (Full disclosure: not all the videos are from albums available on Record Store Day, but they’ll give you an idea of the band’s sound).
Achieving great style comes from knowing who you are and celebrating it! For the fourth installment ofSarah Jessica Parker’s guest editor series, the designer pays tribute to six women who representSJP Collection street style. From Morocco to New York City to Los Angeles, watch the creative vision of Sarah Jessica and partner George Malkemus come to life in true fashionable form.
It’s enormously flattering and very fulfilling for those of us who work on the SJP Collection to see the shoes out in the world, having adventures across the globe and doing what they’re supposed to do for women.
I love imagining all that grosgrain traveling around—crossing city streets, strolling through parks and universities, sitting in meetings, driving cars, dropping off kids and meeting friends for lunch. And now to see the shoes actually having these experiences is amazing.
The women who submitted their street-style photographs really have their own elegance. They’re all special and very individual. I especially love the different shapes and sizes and ethnic backgrounds. It makes a nice visual montage of beauty.
Our global trend reporter, Crystal Nicodemus, reports on her music festival adventures from sunny California.
Hello from Indio! It’s been a wild week of musical mayhem and poolside parties down in the Coachella Valley. I’m totally exhausted and exhilarated all at once. My favorite event was definitely UGG® Australia’s Style Haven. This one-of-a-kind house party was the perfect mix of festival chic and laid-back fun. Between previewing the latest collection from UGG Australia, the putting green, the nail art station, the snow cone machine and the ping-pong table, there were a million things to do!
Pair your rhythmic prints with the bold pieces by Eddie Borgo, whose spring collection is a “study in the timelessness of geometry and form,” according to the New York-based designer. “My work has a lot to do with simple geometry—the idea of taking a decorated shape and stripping it down to its geometric foundation.”
A hybrid of American socialite and self-made mogul, Nicole Richie has morphed into a fashion industry darling by staying true to one philosophy: play by your own rules. The daughter of music legend Lionel Richie, Nicole fuels her predisposed artistic nature through the creative direction of House of Harlow 1960 (HOH1960), a lifestyle brand named after her daughter.
When it comes to channeling inspiration for the collection that includes everything from jewelry to shoes to sunglasses, Nicole, who is the wife to Good Charlotte front man Joel Madden, affirms that “everything starts with music. I’m a huge fan of the music of ’60s and the ’70s, so classic rock is something I listen to every day. My team and I work in a very creative space. We’ll listen to music and throw out design ideas.”