2012 August

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There were 3 things I wanted to be as a child. a journalist, a pop star. and a song writer.  

The first I was soon dissuaded from by my English teacher Mrs Rohsler,  via my schools career adviser – she was never the biggest fan of the Moodie Clan, having previously taught my sister and thinking we were both a little, ……..Well how can I describe it…….. not studious and just not middle class enough!!  Anyway I stand here today with my English Lang and Lit “O Level” exams (that’s old school GCSE’s for the younger reader) so f*** her. 

The second and third was something I attempted to pursue on a couple of occasions. First, aged 10, singing with 2 school friends ( I won’t embarrass them by naming them) but we did write a song about Thunder and Lightening and thought we had a No1 hit in the palm of our hands.  

Those that know me well know that I do have a fairly good voice (there’s nothing like blowing your own trumpet everyone, or vocal chords for that matter!!!!) and out of all the instruments I learnt to play at school, my vocal chords was the one I had the most success with.  I attempted again to record some songs in my early 20’s after meeting an uber talented female vocalist, who’s now a long-term friend. Again I won’t name her but she was in one of the most successful Pop Bands of the 80’s. My demo tape from that time hides away in a vault that only I know the location of, in case anyone is thinking they may want to attempt to put it onto YouTube. 

My voice was quite pure (in fact probably a bit too choir like to honest- annoyingly more Aled Jones than David Bowie) but I always had a thing for gutsy female vocalists and indie/ rock / new wave stars, male or female. Alison Moyet, Annie Lennox, Debbie Harry, Siouxsie Sioux, Morrissey, Robert Smith, Ian Astbury, Ian McCulloch, Grace Jones, Thom Yorke, to name a few but one that always knocked the colourful socks off of me was and still is Patti Smith. 

On hearing her first album Horses, I remember thinking I’d died and gone to eternity.  When I first saw the album cover, a photograph taken by the genius Robert Mapplethorpe, I was mesmerised by her presence in the picture. She was androgynous but beautiful. She didn’t look styled or tweaked, just the epitome of cool. The open white shirt, loosened black tie, the tight black suit, and her messy fringed hair…… aaaaagh!!!!! Its been described by Camille Paglia as “ one of the greatest pictures ever taken of a woman” The moment I clocked eyes on that picture was when I realised how much I loved clothes, fashion and music, and what my style was probably going to be like. Of course it’s varied over the years but I still come back to rock in the end- with no thanks to Day-Glo Acid House.  

The first track from Horses, Gloria, written by Van Morrison for his band Them, is probably one of the raunchiest tracks in rock. I’ve often found myself singing and rocking out to the crescendo of the chorus in my car, the bath, and my front room and at work. In fact just about anywhere I’ve heard it I’ve sung it at the loudest decibel I can reach.  

I don’t need to give you my review of the whole album, nor of the ones that followed, although can I please mention “ Because the Night” from the Easter album, co written with Bruce Springsteen?  This is one of my most favourite commercial rock tracks by a woman, EVER, and I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed singing along to it at the end of working on the Anna Molinari shows in Milan in the 90’s- It was Rosella, the designers favourite song and it was always the finale to her show.  

Working in fashion, I’ve had the opportunities to meet some amazing people. I met John Cale (the producer of Horses and founding member of The Velvet Underground) in New York approx 13 years ago. I did his hair for a men’s magazine shoot and to this day,  his cool, humble persona has left a lasting impression on me. I then met Patti in London about 11 years ago after seeing one of her gigs at The Ocean in Hackney  and going backstage to meet her. I chatted with her in a small group and she made us feel so comfortable. Her hair was long, grey and wiry and she was wearing a blue man’s baggy suit, and  she still looked amazing and I just kept thinking how I wanted to be her. I’d just watched her on stage singing and reciting beatnik poetry and kept wondering, had I pursued my early music tendencies would I ever have been as cool as her – probably not!! 

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I recently purchased her new album Banga.  Smith quotes the music as inspired by her “ unique dreams and observations” and the lyrics are “ a reflection of our complex world- a world that is rife of chaos and beauty” Banga was released to critical acclaim, some citing it as her best album since Horses. I don’t know if its for everyone but on loving her previous covers album “ Twelve’ in 2007, I was waiting with baited for this album to be released. It is growing on me the more I hear it.  It’s not a rock out album like her early work but it’s still bold, and she sings and recites her way through the tracks with ease and meaning. (I’m not going to attempt to do a professional review, I promise)   

Oh and she still looks fantastic, on the cover photo and in the flesh- I just saw her eating in a restaurant in New York about 2 months ago, and found myself whispering to my dinner guest “ there’s Patti Smith, eating Japanese and still looking f*****g cool. “ 

Anyhow, my final words on Patti are as follows- if you haven’t heard her music or poetry then go buy it immediately. If you want to look like the coolest person on the planet then check out her old and recent images and be inspired. And finally, any young budding session hairdressers out there- make sure you know who she is. She’s referenced a lot, especially if you end up work with me!!

Here’s Patti performing her latest track live on the Letterman show earlier this year…

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Julia was discovered whilst celebrating Oktoberfest in her hometown of Munich, shortly before her 15th birthday. 

Her big break came in 2003, when she opened the show for Yves Saint Laurant. Shortly after this she was photographed by Steven Meisel for two consecutive Italian Vogue covers.

Julia has appeared on the covers and in the pages of Vogue, V, Numero, W, Harpers Bazar, Another, French, I-D, Allure and 10 magazine. She has worked with some of the top photographers such as Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, Peter Lindbergh, Greg Kadel, Patrick Demarchelier, David Sims, Mert and Marcus, Terry Richardson and Paulo Roversi. 

Julia has a dog called Kasper, who she loves dearly!  

I’ve worked with Julia on numerous occasions, my favourite shoots being a Hugo Boss perfume campaign shot by Sean Ellis, and also a recent Kenneth Cole Shoot where we discovered our mutual love for dogs and Ryan Gosling. We found out where he likes to eat dinner  and know where he likes to walk his dog in New York, now where is it again he has his coffee in New York? Answers on a postcard please!!    Swooooon !!!

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE GROWING UP?

A prima ballerina. thank god i decided that wasn’t cool enough anymore when i was 13 since i would have been way to tall anyway. 

HOW DID YOU END UP DOING WHAT YOU’RE DOING NOW?

I was discovered at the Oktoberfest in Munich by my German agent at the age of 14. I finished school at 18 and decided to give modelling a try as a full time job and was lucky for it to work out pretty much right away. Almost 10 years later i’m still here. Oh my god i’m old 🙂

WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IF YOU WEREN’T YOU? 

I would definitely wanna be a man for a day. Just to see how it all feels 😉 No one in particular though.

WHERE DO YOU LIVE? 

In the east village in NYC.

IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING IN YOUR CITY WHAT WOULD IT BE? 

One car free day a week would be awesome. there is always so much traffic here.

WHAT ARE YOU INTO RIGHT NOW? ( MUSIC, FASHION , ART,  FOOD)

Oh i have so many obsessions…  my dog kasper and hanging out at the dog park with him is probably the biggest one. Believe me, you meet the funniest, wackiest, nicest, meanest and craziest people in there. dog owners are insane, myself included 🙂 It never gets boring.

Other than that i’m obsessed with the kale salad at nothern spy and all the food at abc kitchen. so freaking yummy!!! Oh and my craziest food obsession is the pecan pie and the berry rhubarb pie from westville east. With vanilla ice cream. It’s to die for.

Fashion wise i have quite a big net-a-porter addiction. It’s so easy to buy clothes with them. Love!

And i’m really into antique furniture shopping. just went to this hugh flea market/ furniture show in Brimfield, MA. I scored big time. Got such cool things. 

IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE BESIDES WHERE YOU ARE, WHERE WOULD IT BE.? 

Back in germany. Probably in Munich or Berlin. I miss my family, friends and culture. 

Also i wouldn’t mind LA. The weather is always nice, people are so chill and you are by the water which would mean i could go surfing more often.

WHAT MUSIC WERE YOU INTO GROWING UP- ARE YOU STILL INTO IT NOW?

Backstreet boys big time. Not really into them anymore but if one of the old songs comes on you will definitely catch me singing along. 

WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGNER THAT YOU WOULD WEAR?

There is so many great designers so it’s hard to say. Isabel Marant is one, my friend Lindsay Sternberg has a line called Kenny and i love to wear her clothes, Stella McCartney, Tom Ford and many many more.

WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO NEXT? 

The dog park, where else…. 🙂

www.juliastegner.com

 

Off to Hong Kong!

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MOODIE NEWS.

Happy Sunday everybody! I’m at Heathrow about to board a flight to Hong Kong, I’ll be there for 6 days promoting the new WAM Revolving Irons and then going on to Shanghai. 

I’ll be reporting regularly on our Asian escapades! So be sure to check back over the next 10 days.

Couldn’t resist posting this video of Hong Kong Garden by Siouxsie and the Banshees!

Enjoy!

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This week’s “On All Fours” features guest dog, Buster’s close friend, Gus. He’s another Miniature Schnauzer and dog fashion icon,  owned by stylist Karl Plewka, Gus has become a regular feature on the fashion circuit in London. 

Gus is one of the few privileged dogs who receives an invite, with a front row seat no less, to the Mulberry fashion show in London.  This is the first of many posts that will feature Gus in  ”On All Fours”  

Here we see Gus sporting Mulberry, and oh! Is that a Melissa Auerbach?!*

You can follow Karl Plewka’s hilarious and sometimes rancid posts on twitter @KarlPlewka

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MOODIE NEWS:  VOGUE BLOGGING!!

DAY 3 OF NEIL AND WENDY’S TENNIS CAMP IS NOW ONLINE AT VOGUE.CO.UK

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LA MANGA TENNIS ACADEMY DAY 3 

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So how do I and many others reduce the dreaded “Crows Feet”  One simple answer- Creme De La Mer The Eye Concentrate. With its easy application, this little gem of a product was the winner of UK InStyle Magazines, “BEST BEAUTY BUYS 2012-BEST FOR CROWS FEET” award.

Watch the video and see how easy it is. Here at Moodie Towers We love Creme De La Mer!

Easy to apply and easy to buy! Click here: cremedelamer.co.uk

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MOODIE NEWS FLASH.

Vogue.co.uk blog day 2 of Neil and Wendy Rowe’s La Manga Tennis Academy trip.

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Vogue Tennis Camp Blog Day 2