November 16, 2017 by lankingful
Peggy Gou has just not stopped achieving over the past few years.
From her first few mixes turning underground heads, and her debut release on Rekids in early 2016, Peggy has now played all over the globe, including an incredible set at Dekmantel’s Boiler Room earlier this year. The Korean native shows no signs of slowing either, with a ridiculously packed touring schedule rounding out 2017 and pushing even stronger into next year. The talented artist has embraced her home in Berlin over the last couple of years, and has blossomed into one of the most promising and exciting underground talents. We at Stoney Roads were lucky enough to speak to her ahead of her debut Australian tour and set at Strawberry Fields Music Festival. Full interview below.
Hey Peggy how’s it going? What have you been up to lately?
Hey, I’m all good! Pretty busy with touring and studio works too, but I like keeping myself busy so I’m doing okay. I just finished my new EP which will come out next year (I can’t tell you the label yet!), so pretty excited about that as this new EP is quite special to me!
You moved from South Korea to London and then to Berlin –when you first moved to London did you think you were going to settle in Europe for the long term? How was the move to Berlin initially?
When I moved to London I was too young. I was 14 years old when I went to the UK because I wasn’t doing well in Korea and my parents wanted me to study English. Then there was a time I had to go back to Korea (about age 18) to try and study. After 6 months living there I just couldn’t do it, so I knew European culture fitted me more – and it did change my personality and perspective. Sometimes I do wonder what I would have become if I was in Seoul for the whole of my life? I have NO IDEA! Moving to Berlin was very tough in the beginning, first of all it was November (winter), and I didn’t have many friends. I wanted to focus on music so my life was all about working in a record store, go back home make music, and go to Berghain on Sunday. Of course it got better as time passed by, but if i think about it now I do think Berlin is good for me. Especially as I’m not there all the time now, I leave during the weekend and come back during the week. It’s a good place for home.
I read that you once said some of the best advice you’ve been given is by Theo Parrish who said not to stick with one genre. As someone who’s produced a lot of very eclectic releases over the past few years, are you still sticking to this advice? Or are you trying to carve out your own specific sound?
Ah he wasn’t talking about one genre of music, what he said was that you shouldn’t get stuck on one song when you make music, you need to move on. That was helpful for me as I tried too much to make my own sound, to do something different, and I couldn’t as I always got stuck and didn’t know how to move on. But back to your question, yes, I’m always trying to be eclectic (production-wise and DJ-wise). I don’t want to define myself to one genre.
I read that you’ve been planning out an album filled with lots of different genres. Who have been some of your inspirations during this planning period? Why?
That is not a difficult question. One of my favourite albums is still ‘School Daze’ from Patrick Cowley. He is definitely one of my favourite producers, his sounds are special to me. Somebody mentioned that the last productions he made before he passed away might get a release. I’m waiting day-by-day for that to happen. When I’m home I try not to listen to dance music too much. I listen to soul funk, african music, electro etc
I think your tattoos are really sick, do you have any favourites out of them? Why?
A lot of people ask me this question, every tattoo means something different to me for different reasons so it’s very hard to choose my favourite. If i had to pick one I would say the giraffe tattoo on my legs (without the pattern) as they are a very special animal to me haha
Do you feel you have a similar connection to body art as you do with music?
I don’t see my body art as separate, or my music as separate. I’m not sure how to explain it, but all of this this just comes from one person which is me. Instead of saying there’s a connection, I see it all as one thing.
I’ve wanted to visit Seoul for a long time, it looks like such an amazing city. For someone that has moved to quite different cities in their lifetime, what do you miss about Seoul the most?
My family and friends I miss for sure, but I also miss having the FASTEST INTERNET in the world; and the FASTEST SERVICE everywhere from foods to 24 hour food delivery, and also my nail shop haha!
November 10, 2017 by lankingful
Set up a YouTube channel
If you love to communicate with others about your passion for beauty, you should think about setting up your own YouTube channel. This could be the perfect opportunity for you to interact with like-minded individuals. You could film beauty hauls where you look through all of the latest products that you have bought. You could also film make-up looks and your daily skin-care regime. If you decide to go ahead with your channel, you will need to take care over its aesthetic. Luckily, you can use an online YouTube thumbnail creator, to help your videos stand out. You should also put a lot of thought into your bio and your profile picture.
Become a personal stylist
Another option is to become a personal stylist. This is the ideal career choice for anyone who likes to create entire looks. If you love the idea of completely transforming someone’s appearance, you should definitely give it a try. You could begin by working in a large department store and then eventually progress to setting up your own business. Taking the time to build up your experience will allow you to charge higher rates and to feel more confident in your recommendations.
Start your own blog
If you prefer to write about your love for beauty, you should consider starting your own blog. This could be a fantastic opportunity for you to have complete control over the topics that you write about. You could even complete a day job and treat your blog as a hobby. Then, when your site begins to draw in more readers, you could turn it into your full-time career.
Become a photographer
The beauty industry is filled with bright and beautiful images. If you would like to be a part of creating those images, you should think about becoming a photographer. You could plan your own shoots and develop your own pictures. You could also set up social media sites to promote your work. Make sure that you are always on the lookout for unsigned models, or musical acts, that want professional looking photos at a small price. If their careers take off, this could lead to more work for you. You could also get in touch with local magazines and websites to see if they would be interested in featuring your work. Then, once you have a number of credits to your name, you can target the giants of the beauty industry.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses australia | formal wear melbourne
October 11, 2017 by lankingful
As he completes silver jubilee in fashion industry, couturier JJ Valaya, who likes to blend his love for art and craft, is seeking to leave his imprint on Indian fashion through occasion wear ensembles based on three of his favourite inspirations.
Valaya is also trying to strike a bond with the young generation and makes no bones about it. “We are looking at a new India in the digital era. We are talking about a generation which largely lives its lives on mobile phones. Social media is extremely important for us and is a great way to connect with the customer. We are into visual media; when people wear my clothes, they automatically show it to the world. They are gently evolving with times.” Valaya feels one doesn’t need to be revolutionary. “Instead, one has to be evolutionary, which makes it more lasting.”.
His collection at Amazon India Fashion Week on Wednesday will present three classics, which will henceforth co-exist with his seasonal collections with a new twist every year. It features six menswear garments including Nehru jacket, bandhgala, while womenswear showcases lehengas, anarkalis and saris. Apart from Valaya, five veterans Abraham & Thakore, Anju Modi, Ashish N Soni and Payal Jain will also celebrate commensurate years at 30th edition of fashion week. As host, the FDCI is honouring them by giving them complete freedom to either present a retrospective of their work or their new range.
What special touch have you given to your collection to mark the occasion?
Celebration has just begun; we are going to have lot of fun (laughs). At AIFW, we are not showing Spring Summer 2018 but the current line. It is neither couture nor ready to wear show. This year we are introducing three classics. Apart from our other normal collections, these classics would be running as a constant. Every year we would interpret them in a new manner. First is Jamavar, where magic of Indian Paisleys and intricacies of jamavar motifs will be given a modern interpretation. Second is Gulistan; which will be about flowers and have sinuous silhouettes, signature prints and antique embroideries. Third has been inspired by our roots in Punjab. And this time we have taken inspiration from a royal fort of Maharaja of Kapurthala. All three loves of my life have come together.
You had once stated that there is a misconception that Sikhs are not stylish. This time through your Kapurthala fort inspired outfits, it seems, you want to underline that statement.
I have always believed history of Sikhs is incredible but the perception they have at the moment is not in sync with the past. However, look at the current Canadian leader Jagmeet Singh; he is the most stylish Sikh you would ever come across. His turban and fashion friendly clothes make him a refreshing change. So Punjab is definitely in my scheme of things at the fashion week.
You have always had a fascination for art and are known for your art photography. Will this be part of your collection to celebrate fashion?
Fashion and art are two different sides of me but at some point of time they do overlap. When I do portraiture, I use my own clothes. It is the same person and the same creator. So the DNA is similar.
As master of detailing, tell us about motifs and embroidery
These clothes are for special occasions. Therefore, it is a beautiful hybrid between couture and pret and that is also the need of the hour. Our embroidery and prints would be the focus area. Our India story will be about purity yet contemporary.
What is your take on fusion wear?
I don’t believe in something which is neither here nor there. I think it confuses the wearer.
What is your take on the increasing interest among upcoming designers in handwoven fabrics?
There is a return to our love for India whether it is khadi or handloom or any kind of traditional craft which is suddenly becoming more and more relevant in Indian fashion. I am glad that celebration of Indian fashion has already begun. It should have happened a long time back. It is very encouraging as innovation of fashion will automatically happen. Upcoming designers would use khadi with other yarns to develop more fabrics and this is something I am looking forward to. I have used lot of handwoven fabrics but no khadi this time .
What has been the role of royals, who have always inspired you, in strengthening Indian fashion?
You have got to understand that royalty is a part of people who are true connoisseurs of India. Hypothetically speaking, if there was no royalty, then there would not have been myriad forms of indigenous crafts. They encouraged craft, craftsmen, art and music. So they were true connoisseurs of their times and helped India to evolve. But the country changed; everything was taken away from them but the spirit from that era still remains. And that is what we are continuing to celebrate. I call myself a royal nomad.Read more at:sydney formal dress shops | formal wear brisbane
September 14, 2017 by lankingful
You may have been to fashion shows before but you’ve never been to one like this. Barry Wooley Designs and Louisville Bespoke will be turning style upside down, inside out and over the top.
The Designer Experience Fashion Show will feature Louisville’s trend-setting fashion designers and their latest creations. Fashions will be curated by Louisville Bespoke, a community atelier for emerging and established Louisville fashion designers.
“At the show, we will bring together designers to highlight the incredible talent we have in this city,” says Yamilka Rodriguez, founder of Louisville Bespoke. “Several local designers have garnered national attention while others are beginning to have a presence in the world of fashion. Louisville Bespoke is an incubator for them to share ideas, resources and a support system. The Designer Experience Fashion Show will be a one of a kind night at which guests can see their work and meet the designers.”
An experiential fashion environment will also showcase interior design that’s making headline news. Wooley’s homescape of interior design will spark guests’ imagination for turning a home into a haven of personality and pizazz. “Fashion and interior design go hand in hand. Very often interior design reflects what’s happening on the runways of New York, Paris and Milan. The show will marry fashion and interior design at one of fall’s most exciting events,” Wooley says.
Throughout the store you’ll see what’s trending for the home in color, furniture, area rugs, lighting and accessories. You might even be able to pick up some design tips from Wooley, an interior designer who’s a frequent guest on television talk shows and who’s extensively covered in print media.
The event will benefit The Anchal Project, a Louisville organization that supports women artisans in the developing world.
Fashion designers to be featured are Ian Schuler of SLW Atelier; Lisa Kahl-Hillerich of RoxyNell; Christine Robey of Barenaked Leather; Sarah Havens of Sarah Havens Millinery; Steve and Melissa Steurer of Steurer & Co.; Victoria Lea of Victoria Kazue; Matt Multerer of Finespun Clothing; Elizabeth Peake of Handmade by Peake; Annie St. Clair of A. St. Clair and Colleen and Maggie Clines of Anchal Project.
In addition to the bling and bedazzle of fashion and home décor, four star chefs will offer tastings. This will be your chance to get to know them and taste for yourself why their restaurants have helped make Louisville one of the hottest culinary scenes in the country. Joining in the fun will be Chef Bobby Benjamin of Butchertown Grocery, Chef Colter Hubsch of Buck’s, Chef Patrick Roney of Harvest and Chef Roland Wong of Tea Station Chinese Bistro.Read more at:one shoulder bridesmaid dresses/a> | black bridesmaid dresses
September 11, 2017 by lankingful
There is no holding back this season. Say it like you mean it as slogan T-shirts have been all the rage this season!A bold movement on behalf of several international designers, these wordy T-shirts are making the rounds in the fashion circles since New York Fashion Week in spring this year, making this a political movement as well.
The trend has been adopted just as well by celebrities including international stars, Emily Rajatkowski, Kendall Jenner and ever our very fashionistas Anushka Sharma, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor and the lot, who have made a choice to put what we're all thinking out there. Designer Deepta Raghunath says, “This trend stormed in the US markets and has now made its way it to the Indian market after its booming in the runways. It’s cool trendy and peppy, it gives out fun and political messages. This is absolutely perfect for youth as there is a tinge of satirical humour in the slogans as well.
The visual T-shirt has given a lot of important movements especially feminism, the rightful branding it needed. We do live in an ultra-expressive age. Everyone wants to be seen or heard. Tongue-in-cheek statements make this such a fun trend and it makes perfect sense as well to be tactful and sharp. Aswathi Balakrishnan, a fashion blogger says, “This I really amazing because T-shirts are so comfortable to wear. These slogan T-shirts gives a wholesome definition to the entire outfit. It’s basic but also quite stylish, keeping things to the point. What you choose to portray is very subjective and really depends on how you feel or think.”
This is indeed quite a massive reflection of our contentious tweet-all culture, because there really are no limits to how we can express ourselves. The blatant nature of this trend is somehow not tacky as the words have been chosen carefully.
Nilu Thapa, a fashion blogger says, “They are a nice way to make a statement and I believe that one should carry off outfits with slogans that they personally believe in and not because a particular slogan is trending. For example, there is a top that says ‘We Should All Be Feminists’, but not everyone believes in it and I believe the ones who wear something like this should actually be a feminist to defend any discussion that arises from this topic.”Read more at:short formal dresses | long formal dresses
September 8, 2017 by lankingful
“I feel huge and it’s a total different ball game dressing when you’re pregnant,’’ said Klim, who is due with her fourth child in December.
“It’s important for me to look stylish and not come across too mumsy or pregnant.
“Fashion has always been my thing, I’ve been in the industry for a very long time and I’ve got some exciting things coming up next year.”
Klim has been announced as Westfield Doncaster’s fashion authority for Spring Summer 17, along with stylist Lana Wilkinson.
On Saturday they will launch a lifestyle lounge which will be set-up as part of Westfield’s national Fashion Weekend activation.
“Hopefully Lana will find some nice big clothes for me,’’ Klim said.
“I love shopping and it’s spring now so summer is coming up and it’s a perfect time of year to revamp your wardrobe. Westfield Doncaster do a lot of things to get people excited about shopping again and with colours for the season.”
Klim, who is engaged to Adam Ellis, is still working out her plan for the baby’s arrival.
“I still haven’t thought that far ahead as I’ve had quite a bit of work on,’’ she said.
“I’m still workin out plans for what I’m doing so at this stage I’m still not 100 percent sure, things keep moving around for me. But it’s exciting.”Read more at:plus size formal dresses | short formal dresses
September 5, 2017 by lankingful
Cartoon-character inspired menswear and a nature-themed headband has won a Tauranga teenager the title of New Zealand Supreme Young Designer of the Year.
Zoe Beck's fashion designs were showcased alongside top Kiwi designers last week after the 17-year-old earned selection into the NZ Graduate Show as part of NZ Fashion Week 2017.
The Year 13 Tauranga Girls' College student collected a scholarship to NZ Fashion Design Tech in either Wellington or Auckland as part of her supreme award win.Ms Beck was named the overall winner of the head wear section with her fashion headpiece created with New Zealand ferns, flowers and sequined birds.
She also won the Fashion Inspired by a Fantasy Character category with her minion-inspired menswear suit which was showcased in Fashion Week's Walk the Line show.
Ms Beck said winning the supreme award was unexpected.
"Everyone there had amazing designs, techniques and sewing skills, it was crazy they picked me," she said.
"As my outfit was really out there, I knew they would of either loved it or hated it, and they loved it."
The talented teen was also approached by the judges and offered advanced placement, giving her automatic entry into the Otago Fashion Design School.
Ms Beck said studying at Otago Fashion Design School would be beneficial for her future and was hopeful for the opportunity to be picked up by some of the industry's top designers.
"It also gives me a chance to work with colours and textures a bit more, not like I would get to do when I am at home."
NZ Fashion Design Tech chief executive and judge Val Marshall-Smith said judges were impressed with the sophistication of Ms Beck's designs.
"There were a number of other entries but hers was a standout," she said.
"The reason it was stand out was because it fit the brief and the level of detail and thought that had gone into creating her designs was quite exceptional for one so young."
She said NZ Fashion Design Tech scholarship had seen young designers travel to India for a six-week scholarship and offered opportunities for them to shine in the fashion world.
Walk the Line show organiser Matt Goldsbury said Ms Beck's minion menswear design stood out from the others because of its point of difference.
"No-one had seen a suit with that design on it and the colours on it were very cool," he said.
"The detail in how it was made is what I think the judges liked. Up close, you could see the work that was put into it which was impressive."
Ms Beck's mother Donna Beck said the calibre of talent with young and emerging designers in New Zealand was "massive" and she was extremely proud of her daughter.
"[I am] thrilled her hard work, passion and creativity has been recognised at this level," she said.
"She certainly has some decisions to make but she has a bright and creative future ahead of her."Read more at:celebrity dresses
September 1, 2017 by lankingful
Czech artist Alphonse Mucha’s paintings ‘The Series’ and ‘The Flowers’ are celebrated for their colour palette and floral motifs in curvilinear patterns. Mucha’s work belongs to Art Nouveau period, blending Bohemian style with neo-classical themes. Imagine this reinterpreted in couture.
Designer Varun Bahl presented his creations titled ‘Dream Nouveau’ at India Couture Week in New Delhi early this year. Now, Varun is taking it to well-heeled clientèle across the country that’s perpetually looking for something new for wedding trousseau and occasion wear.
In Hyderabad to promote his line at Elahe, Banjara Hills, Varun discloses that it’s the first time he turned to art for inspiration.
The fashion fraternity has courted vintage and floral themes many a time but Varun’s interpretation finds a meeting point with art and architecture. He was drawn to Alphonse Mucha’s paintings, pored over books, visited museums in Barcelona to observe the artist’s work and researched on translating it into cherished couture pieces. “It involved trial and error; the collection took six to seven months,” he says.
Art and architecture
Varun liked pretty much everything about Mucha’s paintings: “The motifs, colours, curves… the stems and flowers have a certain movement in his paintings and I could draw parallels to Gaudi’s (Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi) architectural forms. So, while others may have been inspired from vintage and floral themes, there’s a deep-rooted story behind my creations. I’m proud and happy with my work. This has been the most tedious collection so far,” he asserts.
Even at a time when wedding wear in India mostly meant deep tones for winter-festive creations, Varun never shied away from ivory and pastels. In this collection, lehengas, anarkalis and jackets come alive in mint green, ivory, rose pink and peaches. “A lot has changed from the buyer’s perspective. Black and navy blue, which were taboo for weddings, are now accepted. Ivory whites are a favourite...,” he laughs.
Varun has been in the industry for 12 years and seen the market open up. “I come from a family of garment exporters and grew up seeing clothes made, though not in this manner. Now I’m showing in every big city and living my dream. India is not an easy market; the customer is spoilt for choice — as a designer, to develop your own way of thinking and make your mark is hugely satisfying,” he says with pride. Patterns, prints and heavy, but appealing, embellishments are his forte. As part of this collection, Varun designed silk-net gowns with gathers; a few had 30-40 metres of fabric. “But the garments were feather-light. You could call it our secret technique,” he laughs.
Liberal use of thread embroidery and pearl embellishments mark this collection. There’s also a hint of badla. Each garment took the workforce four to five weeks to make. Like his peers, Varun is considering copyrighting his collections. “It’s not easy to do rip-offs of my work but I’ve seen a few being sold at one third the price,” he says. He isn’t sure if copyrights will end imitations. “It could help cut it down but the law is complicated. With 10 to 12 minor changes, someone can pass it off as their collection.”
A few years ago, most of the business for designers came from the wedding segment. In couture, little has changed, feels Varun. “The anarkalis and lehengas will always do well. Custom-made clothing is something we in India have always wanted for our festivals and weddings. The market for luxury pret has opened up and several designers are doing a great job,” he observes.
Eyeing luxury prêt
Team Varun Bahl is eyeing this luxury pret segment and will be venturing into it in 2018. “Luxury prêt is being sold at ₹15,000 to ₹20,000 which is still high for an average Indian. There’s scope for something more affordable,” he says.
While the business is good for women’s wear, Varun feels the growth in menswear is slow. A few years earlier, he had partnered with Karan Johar to launch menswear line defined by high quality cotton and clean lines. He brightens up talking about it, “Everything about that spelt quality; it was ahead of its time.”
Varun feels very few men experiment. “You’d find a couple of pale pinks and yellows in a man’s wardrobe mostly filled with blue, grey, white and black. Most of them will wear black shoes and belts, maybe big brands now,” he laughs.Read more at:pink formal dresses | orange formal dresses
August 30, 2017 by lankingful
For the event, Bobby Sen collaborated with designer Abhishek Ray to showcase how one has to dress in sync with the body type and the importance of styling.
Divya Himatsingka, Director of Skulpt said, “We have set a paradigm by actively advocating the value of health, as getting into shape is what makes us look good and improves our self-esteem. With this session, we are moving a step further and bringing together fitness and styling.”
With actor Gargi Roy Chowdhury as the show stopper, the event also saw participation from model and trekker Madhabilata Mitra, model Sonal and Ponds Femina Style Diva 2015 winner Ayesha Ghosh among women.
Among the men were model Mohammed Shabbir Baig, Elite Model Hunt 2017 winner Tufez Chauhan and model and actor Ravi Shaw of Zee Bangla 'Radha' fame.
In collaboration with designer Abhishek Ray, the interactive session was divided into three segments – with three sets of garments for each segment.
The first round had models draped in easy breezy Lounge Wear. The second round, with Club Wear as the theme, exhibited party wear. The third and final round was devoted to Festive Wear, which showcased Indian 'lehengas' as well as long dresses and gowns, said to be the trends this festive season.
Bobby Sen explained the importance of dressing in sync with the body type and the importance of styling, with live demonstrations on stage. He also spoke about the ongoing trends in styling and the role that fitness plays in shaping the body.
He said, “Skulpt has offered me the chance to showcase how far we have come in terms of fashion and styling and how we can apply that this festive season. This session is informative as well, where we will exhibit the role fitness plays and how we can get into shape.”Read more at:celebrity dresses
August 25, 2017 by lankingful
Female empowerment has been a viral fashion trend as of late – think Dior’s ubiquitous “We All Should Be Feminist” tee or local designer Smith II’s “Do Not Touch” collection – but a new Dallas fashion event is going a step further to help and empower women who need it most.
Fashion with Compassion is a charity fashion show which highlights talented Dallas designers while supporting local charities which fight against domestic violence.
The fashion show, which takes place September 9 at the Richardson Civic Center, will showcase exclusive new designs from seven top local designers.
One hundred percent of the proceeds will be split between Honeydrops Foundation and Women Called Moses, both of which are committed to preventing and ending the vicious cycle of violence against women and children. It’s an important cause for Kim Stephens-Olusanya, founder and curator of Fashion with Compassion, who was the victim of a violent attack in her youth.
“It is therefore an issue close to my heart which I have determined to do my part to prevent, and more importantly to help victims of domestic violence survive and thrive after their ordeal,” she says in a statement.
Designers including Abi Ferrin, Ese Azenabor, Levenity, Eaden Myles and Tawni Haynes will debut new pieces on the runway at Fashion with Compassion.
A recent winner of the FGI Rising Star Award, Azenabor is known for her ornate, hand beaded eveningwear. Her glamorous gowns have been worn by celebrities like Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child.
“We design for a very strong woman, very sure of herself, and very sure of the design as well,” Azenabor says.
With plunging necklines, flirty full skirts and striking silhouettes, Azenabor’s designs are fiercely feminine. She’ll show 12 new pieces at Fashion for Compassion.
“Women should be colorful, women should be bold, and sharp, and that’s what we’re presenting in this collection,” Azenabor says.
For Venny Etienne of Levenity, the fashion show is the perfect place to show his latest collection, titled “Womankind.”
“It reflects what’s going on in society – us having to fight for equality and feminism,” he says.
Levenity is modern, edgy sportswear. While Etienne usually gravitates towards an all-black color palette, the new collection incorporates crimson and trendy camo print in the streamlined pieces.
To Etienne, the clothing is all about empowerment.
“It does coincide very well with the cause of the fashion show,” he says. “The goal is the same thing – those who struggle with domestic violence need to know that there are people out there who are about empowerment and who are speaking against it,” he says.