2013 May

EDITORIAL ARCHIVE #tt

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EDITORIAL ARCHIVE #tt

In 1996 I was confirmed to work on what was my second ever American Vogue Editorial. I was rather excited about this shoot not only because it was for US Vogue, but it was also with the anti super, supermodel Kate Moss who was 23 years old at the time. I first met Kate when she was 16 years old through mutual friends at the salon I used to work at, but had rarely worked with her at this point, so I was very excited to do this shoot, also because it was with the fantastic British born, US based stylist Camilla Nickerson and up and coming art photographer Wolfgang Tillmans.

The shoot was in London and at the time I was having an obsessional moment with Chinese hair accessories which Camilla was happy for me to use ( you can just about see 2 of them in the pictures)

When we arrived at Wolfgangs flat on the first shoot day he told us he’d had this idea to use vegetables and fruit in the pictures- his work is distinguished by observation of his surroundings and my guess was that because we were actually shooting in his flat, he just saw fit to use what was around him.

We had a great couple of days and as always it was a laugh working with Kate and Camilla and the amazing make-up artist Lisa Butler.

Wolfgang shot these pictures on film ( no digital photography back then) and to see how they were coming along he sent the film off to a 2 hour high street photographic developing store. It all seemed so lo-fi for an American Vogue shoot but that’s what made it so special.

The pictures were published in US Vogue in February 1997 and were hugely popular. Wolfgang eventually used the picture of Kate holding the broccoli on the back cover of his book titled ‘Burg’ with some of the other images appearing inside the book.  In a recent exhibition held at the Dusseldorf Museum K21, he exhibited one of the outtakes from the shoot as part of the collection – The outtake image is the last image shown in the series above with Kate sat on a bamboo chair surrounded by foliage on the floor in a red chiffon dress.

Wolfgang went on to win the coveted Tate Gallery Turner Prize in 2000, making him the first photographer and the first non-English person ever to win the prize in its history.  He has won numerous awards since and is now considered one of the biggest contemporary art photographers of his generation.

Enjoy the pics………

American Vogue: February 1997 Issue.

Model: Kate Moss

Fashion Editor: Camilla Nickerson

Make Up: Lisa Butler

Hair: Me

MAN RAY……ACCORDING TO SILVS.

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MAN RAY……ACCORDING TO SILVS.

 

This seasons feature at the National Portrait gallery in London, was a collection of portraits from the American born photographer, Man Ray.

I saw an advertisement for the exhibition and realised I didn’t know too much of his work. In fact past the very well known, and very often reproduced, ‘Le Violon d’Ingres’ in which you see a woman with her back to the camera with the ‘f’ shapes of a violin on her back, I couldn’t think what else of his work I knew off hand.

The exhibition showed the full extent of the styles in which Man Ray shot. Beginning photography way back in 1916, he used it as a means to document his paintings, which was his original artistic direction. Living at this time in an artists colony in New Jersey, he was to meet fellow artist Marcel Duchamp. His friendship with Duchamp led to him moving to Paris in 1921, where Man Ray the photographer really came in to light. Paris in the 20’s must have been an exciting place to be, the post war years breeding a hot bed of artists, cabaret acts, theatre productions, poets, literates and fashion.

One of the first portraits I came to was a man in a rather large ladies feather hat, ruffled collared ladies coat and pearl necklace. It was none other than Mr Duchamp himself, or should I say Rrose Sélavy.

Marcel Duchamp had a variety of pseudonyms which he used as characters, he signed several pieces of work as Rrose, and some that he signed as himself he said she was the inspiration. Arguably his most famous piece of work, the upturned urinal known as ‘Fountain’ was signed R.Mutt, another mysterious character. Duchamp was said to have used these pseudonyms and characters as a means of challenging and confronting the audience. I believe cross dressing in a non comedic fashion like this would have been quite shocking, and I dare say considered disgusting to the masses of conservative 1920’s Europe.

Aside from photographing cross dressing Dadaists, Man Ray’s use of composition during the early Paris years would have had his photos standing out from his contemporaries. Pictured below are two of my favourites:

On the left you can see ‘Woman Smoking a Cigarette 1920.’  To look at this picture at first, it’s almost just an abstract shape and tones of grey, but when I imagined having your head in that position for a while, with your neck exposed a cigarette that burnt down between your teeth while someone lines you up for a photo, it makes me feel quite uncomfortable.

On the right is a portrait of the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, in the loosest sense of the word ‘portrait.’ I love the simplicity and the silliness of this photo, it looks like a snap shot to me, like the chair was set up ready to go and Stravinsky walked in, sat on in the wrong direction, one shot and done.

Although not knowing specific pieces of Man Ray’s work, I was well aware that he was involved in the Dada and Surrealist art movements of the time. Knowing this I was quite surprised to find out of his involvement in various fashion publications. Still living in Paris during the 1930’s, he was a regular contributor to Vogue, Vanity Fair & Harpers Bazaar, photographing a range of subjects and topics ranging from coverage of art exhibitions, contemporary fashion and theatre, and society portraits.

Above is two of Man Ray’s editorial fashion photos featuring the model Lee Miller who originally worked as Man Ray’s assistant, seeking him out in a Paris cafe and exclaiming “My name is Lee Miller, and I am your new student.” The two went on to have a long lasting love affair throughout the 1930’s and Elizabeth “Lee” Miller went on to become a successful fashion photographer in her own right.

After learning about Man Ray’s contributions to the fashion publications I mentioned before, and after learning about his long relationship with a model, I was less surprised to find that during his living in Paris in the 30’s he was acquainted with Coco Chanel, shown below on the left in a portrait he took of her in 1935 in her ‘little black dress.’

Above right is a photo I found very interesting, it features the Romanian actress Genica Athanasiou in costume for Jean Cocteau’s 1922 theatre production ‘Antigone.’ The interesting part is, the set for this play was entirely designed by Pablo Picasso, and the cloak featured in the photograph is designed by Coco Chanel in her first ever major costume commission. Not a bad duo to have behind the visual aspects of your production.

I noticed, what I think, is an obvious homage to Man Ray and the Dada and Surrealist artists of the time. Below left is Man Ray’s ‘Surrealist Chessboard’ featuring various key artists, including Salvador Dali on the top row second from the left.

Pictured on the right of the ‘Surrealist Chessboard’ (with the green background)is the back cover to the LP compilation ‘No New York’.  Released in 1978 and produced by Brian Eno, the album featured artists from New York’s ‘No Wave’ punk scene. Where as Dada was always cited as being an anti-art movement, No Wave was equally cited as anti-music, an obvious pun and reaction on the New Wave scene that had evolved out of Post Punk music and was becoming ever more produced and polished, moving further away from it’s original punk roots.

I think linking Man Ray to a spirit of punk is a good place to end. I find it important to remember that any art created form the Dada and Surrealist movements are, at their youngest, over 70 years old, when there was a lot more ground, conventions and sociological norms to be broken and these guys were doing it very well indeed.

GOOD DAY TO YOU ALL.

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GOOD DAY TO YOU ALL. 

TODAY’S Q&A is a special one because it features one of my old first assistants, who is now working on his own and doing rather well for himself. 

Ben Jones was my assistant for almost 3 years and is now represented worldwide by Jed Root.

This month saw Ben get his first Vogue cover, starring model Erin Wasson, which is an achievement for any one emerging in the fashion industry as there’s only 12 Vogue covers to get each year. 

Ben is English through and through and was born in the county of Kent, an area known as The Meadway Towns in Southern England. He is obsessed with fashion and music and owns the most pairs of Nike Air Max out of anybody I know.  Everytime I see him he has a different pair on…..

He’s created his own kind of style with hair which he puts some of it down to taking hair that was considered bad taste and turning it  into good taste.  

So without further ado I give you Ben Jones…. a one to watch….. 

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE GROWING UP?

A Painter. When I was around 8 years old, whilst on holiday with my family in Cornwall, my parents took us kids to an artist’s studio in a small fisherman’s village where they bought a painting and I loved his working environment and candlelit workspace and thought that was what I wanted to do.

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

Purely by accident. I was due to go to University to study electronic engineering, or some rubbish, and I went to my local barber shop for my final haircut before leaving home and I was asked if I’d be interested in filling their trainee position. I had never thought about doing hair…..ever……I just knew I didn’t really want to go to University.

IS THERE ANYBODY YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE IF YOU WEREN’T YOU?

Erm…..Jake Gyllenhaal’s girlfriend ta very much!

WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

In a caravan on the Isle of Sheppy, Kent……until I moved to Brockley, South East London. I’ve always lived south of the river…..it’s greener, cleaner and less industrial than other parts of London.

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

All the poxy roadworks……I’ve never known any other city like it.

YOU’VE JUST HAD YOUR FIRST EVER VOGUE COVER COME OUT, ( THERE’S ONLY 12 A YEAR) TELL US ABOUT THE SHOOT AND HOW IT FEELS TO HAVE YOUR FIRST COVER AND SEE IT ON THE SHELVES.

The shoot was a lot of fun. The team were amazing, very chilled and laid back. Working with Erin Wasson was a joy, she was perfect for the beach warrior story and such a professional. Travelling with my friend Maxine Leonard (make-up) meant we laughed from the moment we met at the airport until the moment we arrived home. I loved working with the photographic duo Petrovsky and Ramone too, seeing two different perspectives of the same picture.

It’s very rewarding seeing your first Vogue cover on the shelves having assisted on many Vogue cover shoots in the past it’s great to have your own. It’s fantastic to have worked on a newer European Vogue title that’s really starting to make its mark in producing iconic fashion imagery.

LIST YOUR TOP 5 FAVOURITE HAIR PRODUCTS

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray.

Magic Move putty.

Bumble&Bumble Styling Creme.

Aveda Thickening Granules.

Fudge Hot He’d Violet Mousse.

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

I’m listening to Angel Haze on loop at the moment.

I have an obsession with Nike Air Max…..I like a different colour for every day of the week.

For food my local restaurant The Gantry is the best and I only have to walk about 200 metres up the road.

I’m still a huge fan of the National Gallery as I’m a lover of Impressionism and the ManRay exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery is as interesting as it is inspiring.

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

In the 80’s it was very pop based apart from what I had to listen to in my Dad’s car on our lengthy drives to Cornwall. This consisted of Genesis, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Dire Straits, Whitesnake and ELO. I still listen to some of this from time to time. In the early 90’s my tastes moved on to rock and grunge.

IF YOU WERE PUT ON A DESERT ISLAND AND COULD CHOOSE 10 SONGS TO HAVE ON AN IPOD WHAT WOULD THEY BE?(AND EXPLAIN – IF YOU WANT TO- WHY YOU CHOSE THEM )

Narrowing it down to just 10 is almost impossible…..but here goes…..and it’s GAY!

When I Think of You (Janet Jackson)

Under The Bridge (Chilli Peppers)

Lithium (Nirvana)

Love Is A Battlefield (Pat Benetar)

I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On (Mariah Carey)

Keep Me Hanging On (Supremes)

Into The Groove (Madonna)

In The Closet (Michael Jackson)

Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division)

Just A Little (Liberty X)

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

New York for work and for the fact that’s it’s pretty much a 24hour city, otherwise Ibiza where I would own an amazing boutique hotel.

WHO MAKES YOU LAUGH?

My friends and family every day, and comedy actress Julia Davies.

 WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGNERS THAT YOU WOULD WEAR?

Kenzo

Katie Eary

Kit Neale

……I love colour and prints.

 LIST YOUR TOP 5 FILMS AND WHY YOU LOVE THEM ( IF YOU WNAT TO EXPLAIN).

Drop Dead Fred

Weird Science

The Breakfast Club

Desperately Seeking Susan

Bugsy Malone

…..all of which remind me of various times in my childhood which I always look back on fondly.

 WHATS YOUR FAVOURITE DESSERT?

Erm…..all of them!

 DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN ONE WORD.

Loyal

WHAT ANIMAL WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE?

A cat. So anyone that I don’t like, I can jump over their wall and crap in their back garden,  then slyly and very knowingly walk off.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ANY HAIRDRESSER TRYING TO BREAK INTO THE FASHION INDUSTRY?

Assist…..a lot. Be a first assistant to someone. There are so many valuable things regarding the fashion industry you can only learn from assisting. It’s not just learning your trade that’s so important it’s etiquette too, which so many people forget.

WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?

Britney Spears…..I admit it and whilst we’re at it then probably Girls Aloud too. Oh and Call Me Maybe….obvs!

WHO WAS YOUR FAVOURITE TV CHARACTER GROWING UP AND WHY?

He-Man…..he’s proper fit.

 WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO NEXT? 

To B&Q……I’ve got to return a toilet roll holder.

 

MY STORY SO FAR (AND THE HAIRCUTS)

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MY STORY SO FAR (AND THE HAIRCUTS): 

So,the year is 1988 and I’m 21 years old. I’ve managed to grow my short 50’s haircut into what has now been named the Curly Mushroom. This is basically the bowl haircut for curly haired people.

For this particular look, I’ve managed to find a selection of pictures all from around the same time. There’s images from my actual 21st birthday bash, from early on in the evening, to the end of the night with one of my best mates Alex- rather inebriated ( or “annebriated” as it is spelt in the Urban Dictionary) eating good old fashioned English cuisine, known as a “chip butty”  ( that’s a sandwich for any none English people reading this)

I’ve also found a picture of myself taken in the staff room of a salon I worked at  in Knightsbridge called the Ginger Group, and one other taken in good old Mickey D’s on Charing Cross Road.  Nothing like a bit of healthy eating for a growing lad !!

As you’ve probably gathered, I’d started growing my hair again and the next set of pictures is my hair getting longer. See you on the next “My Story So Far………. X

THINGS WE LIKE – VIDEO !! Check out the history behind this track and all the people who were involved, its fascinating!!

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THINGS WE LIKE – VIDEO !! Check out the history behind this track and all the people who were involved, its fascinating!!

Hi Everyone. Today i present you with one of my all time favourite early hip hop tracks. Its Buffalo Stance by Neneh Cherry.

Back in 1988 when this was released I distinctly remember being in a club with a mate of mine called Richard, and the DJ put this on. We went nuts when we heard it……. it was just the best song we’d heard in a long time and we danced like crazy.

Over the next few weeks it became a massive hit and one of my all time favourite tracks. I never tire of hearing it.

Buffalo Stance refers to Buffalo, a group of photographers, models musicians, hair and make-up artists ( one of them Kay Montano, who featured in my Q&A’s last year) formed by legendary fashion stylist Ray Petri. The stance referred to how you would stand, if one of these people,  whilst posing for a photo shoot in a London fashion magazine

Neneh Cherry was part of the Buffalo Posse,  as was soon to be supermodel Naomi Campbell,  and I found out some very interesting, geeky fact the other day about the story behind this track and how it came about, whilst researching more about the Buffalo scene.

So in 1986, music producers Stock Aitken and Waterman, known as PWL ( of early Bananarama and Kylie fame) were working with music duo Morgan McVey. They released a track called Looking Good Diving. The video featured singers Jamie Morgan and Cameron McVey ( who eventually became Neneh Cherry’s husband) but also featured Neneh Cherry on guitar and none other than supermodel Naomi Campbell on keyboard.

I’ve posted the video below so you can check out the track and see Neneh and Miss Campbell in keyboard action. Don’t blink or you may miss them, especially Naomi……

Meanwhile on the B side of this track there was another track that featured Miss Cherry on vocals (more rapping really) called Looking Good Diving with The Wild Bunch ( remixed by The Wild Bunch).

The Wild Bunch consisted of a group of DJ’s and sound makers from Bristol, England.  Three of them went onto form Massive Attack, Robert Del Naja, Grant Marshall and Andrew Vowles, another called Tricky who worked on Massive Attack’s first and second albums before going solo, and the last but by no means least, Nellee Hooper, who became a member of Soul II Soul and eventually went on to produce award winning albums for Madonna and Bjork

And so the 2 PWL tracks 2 years after its original release got remixed and re-recorded with the help of then London DJ, Tim Simenon.  Simenon who had formed Electronica/Trip Hop band Bomb The Bass, had had a No2 charted hit with club classic, sampling track “Beat Dis” and went on to produce Depeche Mode’s No 1 album, Songs Of Faith and Devotion,   plus remix tracks for Bjork, Massive Attack and Seal amongst a huge group of others. Simenon is credited for helping turn “Looking Good Diving…” into the worldwide hit, “Buffalo Stance”.

Through my research I’ve also managed to find on youtube a version of the original track that was the B side to Looking Good Diving (see the link below).

Enjoy listening to all these tracks and seeing what was and still is The Buffalo Stance from the Buffalo Posse. An amazing group of super talented people!!!

 

Buster in Battersea Pk

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Buster in Battersea Pk, Sun 12.30pm,and not an aggressive Pitbull or Staffy in sight unlike Harlesden/The Kensal. I love all dogs, apart from wrongly trained ones, and it’s actually the owners fault not the dog unfortunately. #allaboutthepostcode #allaboutthestatussymbol #allaboutthetraining

MOODIE THOUGHTS FOR TWO MAGAZINE

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MOODIE THOUGHTS FOR TWO MAGAZINE

Some of you may know already that I now write a monthly column for new online magazine “TWO” which I began in April.

Well, the new May issue is now live ( And Its Free Subscription so no excuses……) and this month I’ve written about a young chap called Paul Sloman. Paul is the founder of +SUBTRACT, a design, editorial, commissioning, print/publication company.

This Spring, Paul and his company are launching three new books, including one that particularly caught my roving fashion eye, called “New Fashion Photography”

To read about Paul, the books,  and a lot more including Chloe Sevigny, Scarlett Johannson, make up artists Val Garland and Ellis Faas, plus numerous other beauty tips and ideas,  click on the links below to go  ”TWO”   ( and as I mentioned its Freeeeeeeeeeee Subscription..YAY!!!)

TWO MAGAZINE

and for all the gadget freaks…

TWO MAGAZINE APP 

MOODIE MIX VOL.8

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Dance Pop, Garage Rock, Alternative Rock, New Wave Pop, are just some of the music genres covered in this months Moodie Mix.
A lot of these tracks are ones I can listen to over and over again and never get bored of and, coincidentally when I looked at the list after I chose them, I realised that almost every track was quite groundbreaking for its time, whether it be a new kind of sound in general or it was a new  sound for each artist or band compared to the music they’d released previously.
So have a listen, have a dance and have a rock out to what were groundbreaking tracks but are now just pure classics ……….. 

Download Moodie Mix Volume 8 for free here:http://www.mediafire.com/?2gqu0ens27ls16w 

Or just stream from Mixcloud above.

Here’s the track listing for..MOODIE MIX VOL 8:

01 – LET THE MUSIC PLAY – SHANNON

02 – HARD TO EXPLAIN – THE STROKES

03 – DAKOTA – STEREOPHONICS

04 – COOL FOR CATS – SQUEEZE

05 – LES ARTISTES – SANTOGOLD

06 – PUSH IT – SALT N PEPA

07 – BODY II BODY – SAMANTHA MUMBA

08 – AIN’T NOBODY- RUFUS AND CHAKA KHAN

09 – LETS GO- THE ROUTERS

10 – NOT FADE AWAY- THE ROLLING STONES 

IT’S A WARWICK CAPPER SPECIAL!

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IT’S A WARWICK CAPPER SPECIAL!


Well if you’re wondering who Warwick Capper is, don’t worry, I didn’t know who he was either!

I must admit I stumbled upon him whilst searching for bad haircuts online! And what a selection I found too….there’s mullets, spikes, floppy fringes, whispy fringes and Bon Jovi esque bouffants galore!

It turns out Warwick is quite well known in his homeland of Australia as a former flamboyant 80’s star on the Aussie rules football field.

He’s also just as well known it seems for his flamboyant antics off the field! Below is a scene from his (deadly serious) single he released in 1985 entitled ‘I Only Take What’s Mine.’ And if you really want, click the image to watch the video….

Apart from Aussie rules football, it seems there’s another thing Warwick is good at, and that’s making the Australian headlines!

In 1993 he posed nude with his then wife for Australian Penthouse Magazine, in 2002 he was kicked off of Australian Celebrity Big Brother for  ’exposing himself’ to another contestant during an argument (?!)

In 2005 he made the headlines again when released an autobiography stating that he used illagal drugs throughout his entire football career, and again in 2009 when he ran a political campaign to gain a seat at the Queensland state election, but he missed the midday application deadline!

So there you have it…Warwick Capper, flamboyant lifestyle, flamboyant hairstyle!

HAPPY TUESDAY EVERYONE!!

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HAPPY TUESDAY EVERYONE!!

Today I’m very excited to bring you the first of my make up legend Q&A’s, and I’m delighted to be starting with make up artist Val Garland. Let me give you some history…………..

Val was born in Bristol, England, and in the early 80’s emigrated to Sydney Australia where she trained as a hairdresser specialising in hair colour. In Sydney she went on to open her salon ‘Garland & Garland’ with her then partner, which anybody from Sydney will tell you, was the place to get your hair did.

Val started working on photo shoots in Australia, when one day the make up artist didn’t turn up on a shoot Val was booked on to do hair. She took the initiative to do the make up as well. This began her love affair with make up brushes and she eventually downed hairdressing tools to fully focus on make up.

In the early 90’s an Australian model named Emma Balfour was emerging as a new face of the Grunge decade, Val worked on many shoots with Emma in Australia and when Emma moved to London to be with her new boyfriend at the time photographer David Sims, Val packed her bags and left at the same time.

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On her arrival in London with a portfolio full of Emma Balfour, Val swiftly gained representation and began working. I first met Val in 1995 on a Juergen Teller shoot. We had a great day and it soon became apparent to me that she had a wicked, dark sense of humour which also comes across in some of her answers below, but beyond that her creativity shone through. Her move to London allowed her to explore her range of creativity.

Val started to collaborate on Alexander McQueen’s now legendary early fashion shows in London, and also began working regularly with photographer Nick Night who she collaborated with on Vogue shoots and the memorable Dior campaigns directed by John Galliano. In 2007 Val was appointed artistic advisor to YSL make up, and more recently is now working closely with MAC Cosmetics.

Her CV and portfolio is one to be envied, consisting of numerous Vogue covers and shoots with Tim Walker, Mario Testino, Nick Night, Steven Klein and Kate Moss for Rimmel to name but a few.

Val has recently just got back to her home in London fresh off the back of a world tour with MAC cosmetics where she hosted her own MAC Masterclasses. Val demonstrated recent work from her shows, including Vivienne Westwood, but also revealed to each audience her hints and tips for wearable and most current make up trends. I’ve seen and read some of the reviews of these masterclasses and the response has been phenomenal.

And so I give you Val’s Q&A which she so kindly answered in between her extremely busy schedule. Take it away VG…….

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE GROWING UP?

An Astronaut.

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

Pure chance.

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

Comedy actress Julia Davies.

WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

Borough Market, London.

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

Get rid of the Dalek at London Bridge (The new building known as the Shard.)

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

Buying my uniform for 1st day back at school. (Work)

LIST YOUR 10 FAVOURITE SONGS OF ALL TIME – (AND EXPLAIN – IF YOU WANT TO- WHY YOU CHOSE THEM.)

  1. Hallelujah Jeff Buckley –makes me cry every time.
  2. Stand by me Ben E King –reminds me of my teenage years.
  3. London Calling The Clash – early clubbing years.
  4. Out of time Blur -again makes me cry.
  5. Resurrection Stone Roses -Looked at a lot of ceilings listening to this.
  6. Style Council- Have You Ever Had it Blue- reminds me of the fantastic 80’s and always makes me happy.
  7. That’s Entertainment The Jam – Also reminds me of the fantastic 80’s.
  8. Sex by The Necks –  the most relaxing sound ever. I put it on when getting a massage.
  9. Wrap my Head Around That by Lucinda Williams-  Really good anger song for when you’ve been dumped.
  10. Moments in love by Art of Noise It  reminds me of the bestest of times.

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

At the bottom of the garden with the fairies.

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

Then: Motown, Disco, Funk, Punk, Reggae, Soul.

Now: Blues, Jazz,  Classical.

WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGNER THAT YOU WOULD WEAR?

Ann Demeulemeester.

WHO OR WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?

 My boyfriend

 WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE DESSERT?

 Sex

 DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN ONE WORD

 Barking

 WHAT ANIMAL WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE?

 A Falcon

LIST YOUR TOP 5 FILMS AND WHY YOU LOVE THEM.

  1. “IF” Lindsey Anderson, Amazing maverick British director.
  2. Roman Polanski’s “Repulsion” for a very obsessed Catherine Deneauve.
  3. Ken Russell’s “Women in love” for that fight scene with Alan Bates and Oliver Reed.
  4. “Happiness” An all time favorite of mine so agonizing. The living hell of not so ordinary lives.
  5. Everything by the Coen Brothers , especially “Fargo”

WHAT’S YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?

 Salted Caramel Ice Cream.

WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO NEXT?

New York.

 MANY THANKS TO VAL FOR TAKING THE TIME TO ANSWER MY QUESTIONS……… 

Follow Val on twitter HERE.

For Val’s Instagram click HERE