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  • farfetch.com X Singtank film

    Last night saw the Paris premier of our new fashion film, Lonsdale Road, featuring the style delights of Josephine and Alexandre de la Baume – the brother sister music duo known as Singtank. In the film, the band discuss their music, fashion and sibling dynamic, as well as showcasing some of the best fashion now available to shop online at farfetch.com – check it out!

  • 5 Minutes of Tennis

    We get to know Alaina Moore, front-woman of the Brooklyn indie popstes, a little better.

    • FF: How did Tennis get their break in the music industry?
      AM: We are one of the new breed of bands born out of the 'blogosphere' - which is both a blessing and a curse. It is something we are still making sense of today.

      FF: How would you describe your sound?
      AM: Initially, we wanted to channel Fifties pop in a contemporary way, but I think we've started to discover what we are good at doing as song writers and I'm hoping this realization will lend itself to discovering our own sound. Until then, when people ask, I tell them, 'we make pop music.'

      FF: What are your main sources of inspiration?
      AM: We draw it from significant life experiences, at first it was a seven month sailing trip that so upended our priorities, expectations, and lifestyle, that we wanted to write music to immortalize those memories. Then it was our experience with music itself, with touring life, with song writing.

      FF: Are you interested in fashion/clothes/do you care about what you wear on stage?
      AM: Planning what I wear on stage is simultaneously a burden and the most rewarding part of being in a band. The moment I realised that I could use the fact that I'm in a band to push some personal style boundaries was an important one. I certainly don't dress sensationally, but I love clothing, and playing music has allowed me to pursue that much more seriously than I would have been able to otherwise. .

      FF: What sort of clothes do you like to wear?
      AM: On stage, I like to feel powerful. I tend to avoid overtly feminine pieces, I think perfectly tailored pants are sexier than the shortest skirt, and make me feel stronger. And I like making menswear just a bit sexy, or a bit feminine, having an androgyny or masculinity to my clothing gives me a sort of confidence that I will never have in a frilly dress.

      FF: Who are your style icons?
      AM: Katharine Hepburn, Patti Smith, Jean Seberg and Sean Young in Blade Runner.

  • The 10 Best Songs About Fashion

    It may not be the most meaningful subject for a song but songs about style are nearly always fun, playful and a refreshing change from all that indie naval-gazing. So we've rounded up ten of the best, and for your aural health, we've omitted Naomi Campbell's contribution to the world of music – Love and Tears.

    • David Bowie – Fashion (1980)


      It's catchy, memorable, funny and pretty much a perfect pop song. And, as an added bonus, the work of a bonafide style icon.


      The Kinks - Dedicated Follower Of Fashion


      Ray Davies' satirical ode to the devotees of Swinging London can't help but conjure up nostalgic images of Carnaby Street, the Kings Road, David Bailey and The Rolling Stones.


      Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins - Rabbit Fur Coat


      Lewis' tale of a mother's lifelong love for her rabbit fur coat is a more melancholy song that most, but proof of the power of a beautiful piece.


      Kraftwerk – The Model


      This ode to a beautiful fashion face by the German electro pioneers is considered a breakthrough record in terms of popularising the genre.


      Madonna – Vogue


      Not technically a fashion record per se, despite sharing a name with the iconic magazine, the Queen of Pop does however reel off an impressive list of style icons mid-song…


      Jay- Z feat. Pharell – Change Clothes


      The glamorous, bling-tastic world of hip-hop is at its pinnacle in this collaboration between the Rocawear mogul and co-founder of the Billionaire Boys Club label.


      Suede – She's In Fashion


      Frontman Brett Anderson sings cryptically of his love for a very stylish girl, and as an added bonus the band shares a name with a type of fabric!


      RuPaul – Supermodel


      The oddly uplifting tale of a poor girl who makes it big in fashion, RuPaul's delivery has the kind of attitude that designers pray to see strutting down their catwalk.


      Run-D.M.C – My Adidas


      The iconic rap group were quicker than most to catch on to the importance of good footwear, immortalising their love of Adidas sneakers here.


      George Michael – Freedom


      It may be have only the briefest of style references, but George Michael's anthem makes the cut simply for assembling a video stuffed with fashion's crème de la crème.
  • Changing the landscape - a short film highlighting the unsung heroes of music

    On Saturday 21st April 2012, music fans the world over will be knocking down the doors of their local Independent music retailer in support of Record Store Day. The international event, which brings together limited edition and rare vinyls and CDs available to shop exclusively at Independent record stores, is regarded as saving the industry from near collapse, following the increase in file sharing and musical downloads. On reflection of this, farfetch.com decided to create a short film documenting the thoughts, fears and hopes of the retailers that have experienced the vast changes of the fickle music business and find out what their predictions are for the future. Show your appreciation for music and support independent record stores the world over by watching and sharing the film below!

  • The Ten Most Stylish Album Covers

    Yes, the likes of Nevermind by Nirvana and Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon are the most visually arresting, but we're celebrating the ones with the most fashion kudos…

    • Björk – Post (1995)

      It's hardly surprising the Icelandic singer scores high in the style stakes here – her envelope paper constructed attire was custom- designed by none other than Hussein Chalayan.



      Run-D.M.C – Run-D.M.C (1984)

      A ground-breaking record from the hip-hop group, this presented the world with a harder, more aggressive style of rap than had been seen before. It also proved sportswear can look great with a trilby and geek chic glasses.




      Patti Smith – Horses (1975)

      The debut from the enigmatic singer helped pioneer not only punk-rock, but also stylish androgyny, with Smith's smart but masculine attire resplendent on the cover.



      Grace Jones – Nightclubbing (1981)

      With her sharp, angular beauty and immaculately cut power suit, the cover of Jones' fifth album could easily be mistaken for a high-fashion advertising campaign.




      Ramones – Ramones (1976)

      Jeans, beaten up high-tops, shades and a leather jacket. These are the essential components for the rock-star uniform and were first immortalised here, on the eponymous debut of the cult New Yorkers.


      Beyonce – 4

      Echoing Brigitte Bardot and Raquel Welch in One Million Years BC, Beyonce proves she has finally ditched the Destiny's Child bling look for something more arty and smouldering – befitting her superstar status.



    • Blondie – Parallel Lines (1978)

      The two-tone hair. The simple but striking white slip dress. The rest of the band in sharp suits and scuffed sneakers. Pure effortless cool from Debbie Harry (and her boys).


      Bob Dylan The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963)

      The godfather of all hipsters looks more low-fi yet stylish than his imitators could ever dream in his camel coat and jeans on the cover of the album that gave us Blowin' In The Wind.


      Adam and the Ants – Prince Charming (1981)

      Epitomising the pomp and glamour of Eighties fashion, yet front man Adam Ant's outfit screams 21st century Balmain!


      Dusty Springfield - A Girl Called Dusty (1964)

      The 'white Queen of soul' was known for her kooky dresses, but her first album sees her looking timeless in a denim shirt, with big hair and eyeliner providing Sixties oomph.
  • Meeting Perfume Genius

    His musical moniker may suggest he's an expert on fragrance, but judging from his sparse but beautiful pianos and ethereal vocals, it would appear Perfume Genius (aka Mike Hadreas) also excels when it comes to the art of song…

    • FF: FF: How would you describe your sound?
      PG: Comforting and cool. Weird and churchy. Patient and scary.

      FF: How did you break into the industry?
      PG: I put my songs up on Myspace, intending to share them with a few friends. Listeners started to trickle in and eventually I was contacted by my future UK label Turnstile. I was very nervous to meet them - they flew out to Seattle and I drank fives gin and tonics at noon!

      FF: Why the name Perfume Genius?
      PG: It was the first thing that came to my head when filling out the Myspace registration. If I'd known it would pan out in this incredible way, I'd have put more thought in to it.

      FF: Have you always wanted to be a musician?
      PG: I'd definitely dreamed of the possibility for many moons - but it didn't seem feasible until a couple years ago. I still panic that people will suddenly change their minds and no longer enjoy my songs and I'll be back mixing paint and making keys at my old department store job.

      FF: Are you interested in fashion?
      PG: Maybe too interested! I like glamorous things, but clothes an old woman would think are glamorous. I wear a lot of oversized silk blouses. I like fur, and pearl earrings. I have actually bought an old woman's clothes directly from her at a garage sale, three pairs of her old fancy pants. She was horrified. Lately I've been into dressing like a Fifties hustler, pompadour and all that but with red nails cross earrings and some mesh.

      FF: What sort of clothes do you like to wear?
      PG: BLOUSES. I like things that make me feel fancy and trashy at the same time. I tried to do drop crotch for a minute. Remember when everyone was doing drop crotch pants? They look like diapers in my opinion. I couldn't pull it off.

      FF: Who are your style icons?
      PG: Courtney Love, James Dean, and my Grandmas.
  • farfetch.com X S.C.U.M fashion film

    An exclusive look into the making of the latest album by London's favourite shoegazers - S.C.U.M. farfetch.com have collaborated with the hotly tipped band to create a short documentary film, featuring fashion collections available to shop online now!

    • Thomas Cohen
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      De Rien

      Indigo Blazer

       

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      Samuel Kilcoyne
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      Ann Demeulemeester

      'Joan' shirt

       

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      Bradley Baker
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      Our Legacy

      Knit sweater

       

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      Mel Rigby
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      A.P.C

      Paisley print shirt

       

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      Huw Webb
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      B Store

      'Brink' long shirt

       

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      Thomas Cohen
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      Alice Waese

      2 Prong carved ring

       

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      Samuel Kilcoyne
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      Guidi

      Slouchy boot

       

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      Bradley Baker
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      Acne

      'Jones Pitch' trouser

       

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      Mel Rigby
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      MCQ by Alexander McQueen

      Tailored trouser

       

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      Huw Webb
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      Moma

      Lace-Up Brogue

       

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  • A Grave With No Name

    Front-man Alex Shields introduces us to his band's haunted, multi-layered sound

    • FF: What's the story behind A Grave With No Name?
      AS: About five years ago, I bought a sampler and began playing around with sound, resulting in some songs which I uploaded to My Space, for a sense of completion. The guys from the label No Pain in Pop found them, and asked me to play a show for their monthly night. I called upon my friend Anupa, and it went better than we expected. Soon Tom joined the band and we started performing as a three piece. I recorded some songs in a converted Church I lived in at the time, and they turned into an album called 'Mountain Debris' which No Pain in Pop released.

      FF: How would you describe your sound?
      AS: When asked, I tend say I write alternative guitar music. First and foremost I am a record obsessive, so everything I listen to ends up in there somehow whether it's textures and loops from ambient music, or sampling that I learned from trying to recreate production techniques from rap records I listen to. The main thing is there's a sense of longing, which holds everything together as a kind of mood-glue.

      FF: What bands do you suggest our readers listen to if they want to get a musical education?
      AS: Mickey Newbury, Bill Callahan, RZA, The Microphones, William Basisnki are all artists who have been a constant source of inspiration for me. I am also very lucky to have friends who make music, which I truly love, and I urge everyone to listen to Paper Dollhouse, Yuck and Trailer Trash Tracys.

      FF: Are you interested in fashion?
      AS: I definitely pay attention to what I wear every day, but I wear the same clothes onstage as I do off it. I was talking recently with a close friend about the way bands look, and I kind of see it as an extension of their aesthetic in general. I mean I don't think people go to a Yo La Tengo show to check out what they're wearing, but at the same time, their music doesn't suggest that you should, so fashion as an aesthetic is something that interests me.

  • Yuck

    More melodic than their name would imply, this London four-piece are being hailed as the poster kids for a grunge revival. But there's more to them than the giant Nineties trend…

    • London quartet Yuck have unwillingly been dubbed the saviours of grunge. With the music industry having already mined every other possible genre over the past few years, and with Courtney Love's ever-erratic behaviour only reminding everyone how much they miss Kurt Cobain, grunge was just ripe for a comeback. And the London quartet (Max Blomfeld (guitars/vocals), Max Bloom (guitars/vocals), Mariko Doi (bass) and Jonny Rogoff (drums), with their fuzzy vocals, pounding guitars and critically acclaimed self-titled debut album have seemingly been selected by the press as the poster group (though broaching the subject sees them collapse in groans).

      Is it an accurate description? Well, yes, but that would be to generalise their music in the most basic of terms, in fact, a lot of their songs have an uplifting quality that would never be associated with the genre. They sound more like a musical, 21st century version of Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady on their infamous American road trips; angsty at times, tender and hearfelt on occasion, mostly poetic, raw, and underlined with a psychedelic haziness.

      Since their first gig in 2010 they've signed a record deal, released the aforementioned album, squeezed in several tours, festivals, and latterly an appearance on Later..with Jools Holland.



      And what of their music, of their influences? There is certainly a dust-soaked Americana to it, but the underlying harmonies and the simple melodies on some songs retain a Britishness in the vein of Lennon and McCartney. One commenter on Youtube said of one of their songs (Get Away), 'I'm so wasted off this and I'm not even on weed or alcohol'.

      Their musical contemporaries and inspirations is a subject that the band have been reported to be prickly about it the past. But perhaps this is because people are bringing up all the wrong names (Daniel likes to joke that he gets sick of Mariko on tour because she listens to Nirvana and actually sings along). But it's clear that their inspiration is a rich tapestry of sounds, which comes across in the music, veering from up-tempo to low-fi, dreamy vocals to Sonic Youth style mumbling, infectious harmonies that suddenly veer off into insular guitar solos.

      'I don't know if we've got a sound yet' says Daniel, which is fair enough. They are only one album into their career and very young.

      And you can probably blame that potentially divisive name, Yuck, on youth too - something that they're just going to have to live with, because musically, they do have the potential to go the distance. And that's what it should be about. With fumbling, albeit rather charming quotes like this bon mot from Max, 'I worry every day...about everything. But then at the end of the day I suppose people listening or not listening - it doesn't change anything. If people like us then they like us and if they don't...(he shrugs)' they're hardly trying to schmooze or dazzle their way to ubiquity. And in today's paparazzi fuelled, shock tactic heavy musical landscape, that's a good thing.

      But they'll outlast the grunge revival no doubt. That's something the band can cross off their daily list of worries.
  • ARE AUSTRA THE NEW GOLDFRAPP?

    The Canadian trio might just be the latest saviours of dark, glossy electro and arty videos.

    • Music misses Goldfrapp – sure there is a dearth of similarly dramatically dressed front women, but your Jessie J's and Marina and the Diamonds are pure pop, as opposed to the deliciously fun electro that veers between dark and camp that Goldfrapp perfected.

      It's a description that perfectly fits the music of Toronto trio Astra, who may very well just be able to fill that void. Easy to listen to, and with mass appeal, the Canadians' songs and videos still have enough gothic, inventive tinges to keep them aligned with undeniably credible artists like Zola Jesus and The Knife. And certainly there are similarities to Goldfrapp – a glossy, electro sound with dance-floor filling potential and a penchant for arty videos and fashion friendly outfits. Less obviously, the band name Austra comes from front woman Katie Stelmanis' middle name, and she's supported by co-members Maya Postepski (drums) and Dorian Wolf (bass), not unlike Alison Goldfrapp, who gave her musical outfit with Will Gregory her own last name.

      The two lead women also have a common factor in that they're same sex inclined. But whilst Goldfrapp's sexuality wasn't even established, much less talked about than the height of her band's success, for Austra's Stelmanis, it's an important element, 'I am a musician first and a lesbian second, (but) being gay is a huge part of who I am and definitely affects the music I make.' As if to punctuate her point, the band has a song called Young and Gay.

      The dominant theme that comes across in Austra's music, however, is the balance of genres, and how their sound comes from a fusion of the classic and operatic with electro. Stelmanis has a classical background, she joined the Canadian Children's Opera aged ten, and became an accomplished musician. Set to follow on this path, she took a U-turn shortly before college, choosing to get a job instead so she could save up for five years to finance her first tour, 'I wanted to make classical music with really fucked up, distorted crazy shit on there' she explains. Austra was formed in 2009, and soon began producing the kind of broody, electro with fun keyboards and epic chords thrown in that Stelmanis had in mind. Their debut album Feel It Break (out on Domino, the label that's home to the Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand) is just starting to make waves in the music world and judging by their trippy, dramatic videos that lean towards the weird and even mildly disturbing, complete with highly eye-catching and stylised costumes, we think that the fashion industry might be taking Astra to their hearts pretty soon too!

  • Five of Music and Fashion's Most Iconic Collaborations

    The designers and artists who have teamed up to create some of the most memorable looks the world has ever known…


    • Azzedine Alaïa and Grace Jones

      The Tunisian designer first shot to fame with his sculptured and sexy, yet empowering dresses which saw him become one of the most influential designers of the Eighties. In 1984 he was voted Designer Of The Year at the Oscars de la Mode by the French Ministry of Culture, and was literally carried onto the stage to accept his prize in the arms of Grace Jones.

      The Jamaican-American singer and actress perfectly fitted the Alaïa aesthetic – strong and Amazonian but undeniably fabulous. He went on to design her costumes in the Bond film A View To A Kill, where she played the deadly but glamorous May Day.



      Jean Paul Gaultier and Madonna.

      Possibly the most famous music/fashion collaboration, and certainly one of the most memorable – that cone bra has proved truly unforgettable. The Frenchman first started working with Madonna on her Blonde Ambition tour in 1990, creating her wardrobe for the shows. It was a ground-breaking and controversial tour, and even amid the scandal of the singer's lyrics and suggestive dance moves her costumes won their fair share of attention. Overtly sexy, these were bombshell clothes that showcased Gaultier's penchant for mixing the sensual with the avant-garde.

      'Madonna likes my clothes because they combine the masculine and the feminine' the designer has said, and he went on to work with her again on her 2006 Confessions tour.



      Vivienne Westwood and The Sex Pistols.

      Plenty of designers have worked with musicians, but Westwood and The Sex Pistols were the only ones to represent a whole cultural movement, by pioneering punk.

      The eccentric British designer met long-term love Malcolm McLaren in the Sixties and he opened up their famous Kings Road shop (at various points Let It Rock, SEX and World's End) in 1971, with Westwood producing the clothes for it - influenced by fetishists and bikers. Around the same time McLaren started managing the noisy, anarchic London band, who naturally began wearing pieces from the store.

      The combination of their vitriolic songs and her safety pinned and lavatory chain embellished garments helped give the newly christened punks their striking identity.



      Nicola Formicetti and Lady Gaga

      Unusually in a working partnership such as this one, Formicetti (a one-time fashion editor for Dazed and Confused and Vogue Hommes Japan) was Gaga's stylist before being appointed creative director at French fashion house Mugler.

      The pair met in 2009 on a shoot for V Magazine, at which he gave her a Nasir Mazhor hat to wear (the odd gold creation with orbs looping around the head) and she loved it so much she wore it to appear on the Ellen Degeneres Show. They quickly became best friends and Formicetti became part of the Haus of Gaga. The pieces he puts the singer in are about as directional as it gets – as her stylist he's dressed her in everything from the McQueen 'armadillo' shoes to that infamous meat dress, so it's come as a surprise to everyone (though not an unwelcome one) that his designs for Mugler have been, whilst as sculptural and architectural as you'd imagine, surprisingly wearable.



      Stephen Sprouse and Debbie Harry

      These days one of the lesser known partnerships, the Day-Glo with a punk edge look that Sprouse perfected for the Blondie singer has nevertheless aged into an iconic one – Debbie Harry remains the ultimate front-woman pin-up. The met when the American designer moved into Harry's apartment block in New York and found her down-town peroxide glamour fitted well with his ironically trashy, experimental pieces. One of the most memorable examples of their sartorial collaborations is in the video for Heart of Glass, where Harry pouts her way through the hit clad in a Stephen Sprouse original that he designed for her based on a photo of static lines of his television.

      And one gone rogue…


      Victoria Beckham

      Perhaps one of the most magnificent music/fashion feats of all comes in the unlikely form of an ex Spice Girl. In the Nineties Victoria Beckham was Posh Spice, one fifth of the most visually terrifying musical outfits in history, who counted platform trainers and spaghetti–strap tops as wardrobe staples. After their demise she embarked upon an unsuccessful solo career with dip-dyed hair extensions and matching leather suits with her footballer husband. Fast forward a decade or so and she is head of her own critically acclaimed, successful eponymous fashion label, whose celebrity clientele includes Beyonce and Elle McPherson and whose New York Fashion Week shows attract one of the most prestigious guest lists on the schedule.

      How did she do it? Well, put simply, with a series of classic, flattering feminine dresses in the vein of Roland Mouret that are respectable, chic and wearable. Then getting herself and her new Hollywood friends pictured wearing said dresses at every available opportunity. Love her or hate her, it's a rare example of someone taking their dubious musical fame and turning it into genuine fashion kudos. And she did it without a big name designer.