Sarah Jessica Parker debuts her SJP Collection looking flawless, thanks to her trusted friend Serge Normant. For 15 years, the celebrated New York-based hairstylist has coiffed the style icon’s tresses.
As the pair embarks on the SJPxNordstrom cross-country shoe launch, Sarah Jessica puts the spotlight on Serge, camera-phone interview style, to candidly discuss their storied relationship, which started at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards.
Until next time,
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We’ll admit, this band’s name sounds a little… terrifying, especially if you don’t like horror films. But “Little Fang,” the first video from their soon-to-be-released record Enter the Slasher House, isn’t that scary. In fact, it’s a catchy little tune with sweet, upbeat lyrics and a psych-pop sound that makes total sense, given that the band is led by Avey Tare of Animal Collective. Check out the trippy clip directed by Tare’s sister, Abby Portner, featuring an adventurous kitty (created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop!) who visits a carnival that his little feline mind will never forget.
Enter the Slasher House comes out April 8 on Domino Records, and the band will tour the U.S. for much of that month. Not sure if the cat creature is joining them.
With his signature wit and flair for the dramatic, Brad created seven unforgettable looks for spring occasions, from casual brunches to marriage proposals (!) and everything in between. While he worked, he gave us pitch-perfect styling tips to help you create your own sexy, playful looks guaranteed to turn heads and make you feel like a million bucks.
Although he was crazy busy on the set, we managed to catch a few candid moments with the maestro, including a quick conversation between Brad and one of his closest companions:
In our constant quest to find music to share, we occasionally find ourselves in a video rabbit hole, viewing clip after clip and searching for that one thing that catches our eye. That’s how we stumbled across this cool/kinda creepy video for “Marathon Runner” by Brooklyn-based band Yellow Ostrich. After watching it, we did a little Internet search and were excited to find out that the guys have a brand spanking new record out on Seattle-based Barsuk Records. Lead singer and guitarist Alex Schaaf was kind enough to fill us in on the new album.
THE THREAD: Your latest release, Cosmos, just came out this week. Can you tell us a bit about the inspiration for this record?
ALEX SCHAAF: Musically, we were inspired by lots of different things; I had been really into a mixture of both psychedelic guitar music and electronic producers. Electronic music in general was an important influence. The combination of guitar rock music and subtle electronic textures is a really exciting area to work in, to make something sound spacey and trippy while still being grounded in real instruments and feelings. We added a couple of new members before starting recording, and with the new lineup, we experimented a lot more with the sound of the album. As far as inspiration for the themes and lyrics, I was really into astronomy and physics when I was working on the songs, especially Carl Sagan. I really connected to a sort of unironic amazement at the way the natural world is put together.
THE THREAD: How does Cosmos‘s sound differ from your previous records?
ALEX: We were going for a bigger, more expansive sound than our previous stuff. The last record (Strange Land) was a very live-band, guitar-rock kind of thing, which was good for that album, but we wanted to change it up and focus more on the sound and textures and atmosphere, rather than focusing so much on our live performance while in the studio. I think the sound is more varied and atmospheric; it’s not solely guitar-bass-drums anymore.
THE THREAD: What’s your songwriting process like? Do you start with lyrics and then add music or vice versa?
ALEX: Generally, I will write the basics of the songs—chords, lyrics, etc.—and then together with the band, we’ll flesh out the arrangements and figure out the structure. I tend to write the music first, then let that play on a loop while I mumble over it, figuring out vocal melodies. Then after the vocal melodies come the actual lyrics—figuring out lyrics to fit the melodies/parts. That’s definitely the hardest part.
THE THREAD: If you could choose one musician to work with, in any capacity, who would you pick?
ALEX: Neil Young. We’d be his backing band on an album and a tour. I guess that’d be all right.
THE THREAD: Last question! You also just kicked off a full U.S. tour. What’s the top snack in the van?
In the music world, new releases typically drop on Tuesdays (unless you’re Beyoncé, and then let’s face it, you can do whatever you want) and when we scanned this week’s latest offerings, one band immediately grabbed our attention: Phantogram. The New York-based band released their first record, Eyelid Movies, in 2009 and has been steadily gaining attention ever since, via multiple tours, several late-night TV appearances and collaborations with The Flaming Lips and Big Boi (aka one half of rap duo, Outkast).
Phantogram’s sound could be described as “beauty and the beats”, as the duo tops their keys-and-drums driven electro sound with Sarah Barthel’s lush vocals in a way that’s reminiscent of bands like Cocteau Twins, The xx or even Crystal Castles (at their most mellow).
We also LOVE Barthel’s razor-sharp style. Check out the insane studded leather jacket she’s sporting in this video for “Fall In Love”, from their brand-new record Voices. And if you want to check them out out live, they’re on tour pretty much non-stop from now until June.
Whether you regard February 14 as a day to hand out candies and shower the object of your affection with, well…affection, or you think it’s a holiday dreamt up by the greeting card industry, it’s hard to avoid the plethora of heart-shaped EVERYTHING that’s prevalent this time of year. And since we don’t want to tip the scales in either direction (we’re trying to be diplomatic here), we thought for today, aka St. Valentine’s Day, we’d pick two songs—one for each end of the spectrum.
First up: Best Coast. Even though this song is a couple years old, it so perfectly evokes the giddy, I-never-want-this-to-end vibe that new love makes us feel we had to post it. Oh yeah, and there’s a cat at the end.
When you can’t make out the lyrics of a song, it can be hard to figure out the intent or message. LA-based electro dance duo Soft Metals use the video medium to let you know exactly what they mean with this glittery, kinda creepy clip for “No Turning Back.” Happy Valentine’s Day!
Besides rising temps, nothing gets us more psyched for spring than updating our closets with the season’s best trends, which is why we’re so excited to share The Fresh Edit with you. True to its name, this mini-mag is an edited selection of the freshest new styles in Savvy and Topshop compiled especially for your shopping pleasure. Even better, selected styles start at only $34!
For fall 2014, Tadashi Shoji found himself enchanted by the rich influence of Arabic culture in southern Spain. The Japanese-born designer takes us on a journey to Alhambra, where the gorgeous Moorish gardens and halls come to life in the form of exquisite textures: laser-cut micro suede, velvet-cut paillettes, and shimmering diamantés.
This collection is “an elegant balance between antiquity and modernity, and designed for our au courant woman,” according to Tadashi.
Motifs found in Moorish architecture were used to illuminate the backdrop of the catwalk, playing off the collection’s ornate detailing.
Check out the movement and elegance of the 23 looks of the collection.
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Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) is kind of amazing. The doe-eyed Texas native, who last year collaborated with art-rock pioneer David Byrne and will be performing live at Diane von Furstenberg’s Fall 2014 show on Sunday, is a guitar virtuoso with a honeyed voice. She’s also got a killer sense of style, as evidenced by her bold beauty choices (guided by Bowie, no less!) and always on-point outfits.
Case in point: this video for “Digital Witness” from her soon-to-be-released eponymous fourth album, which deftly blends a cool modernist aesthetic with a punchy, horn-backed track that’s alternately avant-garde and accessible. Yup. Amazing.
This Sunday, the Denver Broncos square off against the Seattle Seahawks in the 48th Super Bowl, and we’re looking forward to a seriously exciting game between two of the top teams in the NFL.
After watching an entire season on the gridiron, you start to notice the same commercials popping up in between plays, and for a while, it felt like this Beats by Dre spot featuring San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick was on a loop. But then, during the NFC Championship game, a new Beats spot dropped, starring Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. Similar to the Kaepernick commercial, Sherman uses his adaptive noise-cancelling headphones to drown out things he’d rather not hear—in his case, a barrage of questions and the whir of camera shutters.
The one constant in both ads is “The Man,” a seriously smooth track by self-described “brand-new old-school” soul singer Aloe Blacc. Check out this incredible live version of the song, with a very smartly attired Blacc belting out his uplifting tune, and then pick up his full-length release in March.