Sarah Young- Moombahton Queen

I first discovered Sarah Young by accident. I was reading some blog and through numerous links I stumbled upon her website. I liked the layout and the things she was talking about; fashion, music, art and some random entries. She seemed to be doing all the things I wanted to do, she was the DJ for fashion parties in New York, styled artists I was obsessed with and seemed generally really cool.

Fast forward a year and I was interning for her. I was shocked when I discovered her age, she was a few years younger than me. I admit a hint of jealousy came over me as she was so ahead in her career and I was just starting mine.

Of course she had to be really nice, I had hoped she would be a bitch so I’d feel better, but no, she was just as cool as I’d thought. She had just started a weekly radio show online at Nasty Fm playing everything from bashment and dancehall to dubstep and kuduro. This is where she introduced me to moombahton and immediately I was hooked!

If you haven’t heard of it before (where have you been?!) I shall explain. It was Dave Nada who introduced this new genre of music. He had taken reggaeton and Dutch house and geared it down to 108 BPM’s and moombahton was born. It is now gaining popularity and Sarah Young is at the forefront of the hype, including it in her sets and being a general spokeswoman for the genre.

She recently teamed up with WESC to release her first ever (free) CD entitled ‘Sarah Young- Moombahton Queen’ and I have to say it is excellent. There are cameos from the man himself Dave Nada and my favourite Lady Chann. She has done an incredible job of showcasing moombahton so if you haven’t heard it before, this would be a very good introduction for you. They proved very popular and sold out, but luckily Sarah was kind enough to release an online download (also free).

2012 looks set to be a huge year for Sarah Young. Her EP ‘I am Sarah Young’ is out March 29 with Adidas.

Check her out at iamsarahyoung.com and download her excellent moombahton mix.

 

Make sure you check out her show every Friday 6-8pm on Nasty FM.

Ozwald Boateng ‘A Man’s Story’

So like I said in my previous post, I had the honour of meeting Ozwald Boateng; one of Britain’s most influential and successful fashion designers of the past two decades.

He is in the middle of promoting his documentary film ‘A Man’s Story’ which spans over a 12 year period starting in 1998. It documents his journey through the fashion world from being recruited as the new creative director of menswear for Givenchy, to moving his business back to Savile Row. It also shows intimate parts of his life as he struggles to balance life and work.

We met in the Soho Hotel, at first I did feel like Julia Roberts in ‘Pretty Woman’ minus the hooker boots. Everyone looked very professional in suits and structured dresses. I was wearing a biker jacket and chunky boots, only relaxing when I spotted Asher D and his entourage having a meeting.

As usual things were running behind schedule and I was made to wait in the corridor whilst he finished up with a journalist. When I entered the room I was greeted by the director of the film Varon Bonicos (who has 20 years of experience in the film and TV industry,) he was full of smiles and very chatty. Ozwald was sat in the corner looking suave in an immaculate suit of his creation (as you’d expect) waiting for a diet coke. He too was very chatty and oozed confidence, he really is a very strikingly handsome man.

As I listened to him speak, I noticed how incredibly open he was. He did not shy away from questions about his divorce (the breakdown of his 2nd marriage to former model Gyunel is clear to see in the film) he was very honest and had such grace about him. He said that when people watch the film, there is always one part they will focus on more as it will relate to an aspect of their life. If they then watch it back, there is at least 50% more film they will see. When asked if he had a favourite person to dress he said he didn’t look at it that way, instead he thinks of it as helping someone be there most confident because they feel good in his clothes.

Having dressed the likes of Richard Branson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Keanu Reeves and Ray Winstone, Ozwald Boateng has come a long way since he opened his first studio in Portobello Road back in 1991.

‘A Man’s Story’ opens in the UK on 9 March and has a DVD release of 19 March.IMG-20120222-00108.jpg

Take a look at the preview below.

Manolo Blahnik at Liberty London

Wednesday 22nd February marked a very special day for me; I had the pleasure and privilege to meet two of the worlds greatest contributors to fashion. The first was Ozwald Boateng, but let’s leave him for another post (it’s fair to say he deserves one all to himself.) The second was the world-famous shoe designer Manolo Blahnik. He was in store signing copies of his books and shoes from his exquisite collection that Liberty London are proud to be housing, which opened on February 13th.

As posted on the Liberty London website “I am very excited to be selling my collection at Liberty. I love the store; it has so much character and history. I adore the Liberty Art Fabrics and I use some in every collection.” Manolo Blahnik

Even though I had to queue for around three hours, it went incredibly quickly, despite the freezing cold weather conditions. At one point I was interviewed by Liberty TV so that passed the time nicely (once the footage is up,depending on how terrible it is, I may share it with you.)

Once inside there was mass confusion about what could actually be signed. Many people could only afford a few books, yet were being told he was only signing shoes. After several complaints it was luckily made clear he would be signing books also (cue a mass sigh of relief.)

Finally it was my turn and I was greeted by the biggest smile from the man himself. He looked very dapper in his grey suit and trademark bow-tie, he has a childlike quality about him which I found very endearing. I expected him to be tired from all the signing he had already done, but he was energetic and full of apologies for keeping me waiting, an absolute gent! He was very complimentary and told me about his swollen cheek (due to an issue with a tooth) and posed for countless photos.

I left feeling very elated as it was so refreshing to meet someone I admired, who turned out to be more than I expected. So many times I have been disappointed because someone turned out to be an absolute prick, luckily Blahnik was not one of them.

IMG_2588.jpgIMG_1777.jpg  The talented Mr Blahnik and myself

Below are some of my favourites from his collection at Liberty.

Manolo Blahnik at Liberty London

Called Stimola, this is my favourite pair. The colour is so rich and I adore the heel; made of six vertically stacked balls it is spectacular!

Manolo Blahnik at Liberty London

The Hangisi, which became extremely popular after it featured in the first 'Sex And The City' film is now part of the permanent collection and comes in black, silver and red satin, coquettish blue and white polka dot print linen and an exclusive Liberty print.

Manolo Blahnik at Liberty London

The Vitrubiun- they look much better in the flesh and I just love how much the red pops against the off white shoe.

If you get the chance I would suggest taking a trip to Liberty and having a look for yourself at the collection.

Random Couple Alert!

Professor Green & Millie MacIntosh arrive at The Brit Awards 2012

I know this isn’t breaking news, but I haven’t seen them together yet. What a random couple, East meets West. I can’t see much common ground for these two but I’m sure Milly will have fun playing the bad girl for a while. Looks like posing seductively for FHM worked, she bagged herself a man who isn’t a twat!

The Brit Awards Red Carpet 2012

Lana Del Rey looking very demure in Vivienne Westwood.

Florence Welch. Not her biggest fan but there is something very haunting and beautiful about this dress. It is Alexander McQueen so I would expect nothing less!

Beautiful Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci dress for Rihanna. I'd remove the gloves though.

I think Jessie J looks stunning in this picture, the dress by Falguni & Shane is a brave choice, but the whole look works.

Tinie Tempah, one of the best dressed men to come out of London.

Nice to see Ed Sheeran out of his hoodies and T-shirts.

Nothing original or amazing about Lisa Snowden's Herve Leger dress but my God she's 40!! AMAZING!