Spot the real Stephen Jones: with Dominique Persoone and The Chocolate Line for The Accent of Fashion show in Antwerp, 2010
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The chocolates came in a miniature hatbox, Antwerp 2010
Chocolates based on the hat Soho, Antwerp 2010
Edible or wearable? The Coworth Park Royal High Tea by Stephen Jones, June 2012
The Jones Top Hat collection in Debenhams in store and online
Big Sur SS13 on actress QinLin at the Equestrian Beijing International Grand Prix with Vogue China
Sun, a gold straw beret in the Jones SS13 West collection
This week’s hat for Sunday best
❚ OUT OF THE BLUE THIS WEEK, Stephen Jones Millinery posts pix of some novelty hats from the past couple of years, in chocolate. The Covent Garden hatter’s output during the past month is no less extraordinary, from the straw beret made of gold to catch the April sun, to his Top Hat collection of 21 hats and six occasion bags styled for the high street which are on sale in Debenhams now. Grazia Daily asked the milliner: What do you think is the most modern type of headwear? Jones replied: “Something small and neat with a romantic touch.” So that’ll mean his Coworth Park Royal High Tea collection (pictured above at centre) – they don’t come smaller. Now watch a charming short film from Italian Vogue of Jones tending the models backstage at a runway show. He is, as the digiterati say, always on.
❚ THE MOST QUOTED PLAY in the English language now becomes a YouTube mash-up. Ex-Balliol Oxford graduate Geoff Klock is an assistant prof teaching English at BMCC in New York City who set out to show his students just how deeply Hamlet has worked his way into our culture. Klock created this 15-minute video with clips from 198 movies and TV shows that quote or discuss Shakespeare’s greatest play. We hear commentaries from Homer Simpson and Orson Welles, from Mark Wahlberg and Blackadder. We see scores of stars playing Hamlet, from Christian Slater, Robert Downey Jr, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jack Benny, David Tennant to Captain Picard and beyond.
➢ More literate fun from Klock, the hyperactive pedagogue
❚ SEE HOW PLANET EARTH IS BLUE! Wow how the stars look very different today, rising in the black void! Thrill to the International Space Station whizzing over clouds in a most spectacular way! Here’s a video made by a station commander, sitting in his tin can singing the defining Bowie hit from 1969, the year man went to the Moon. What a way to inspire new generations of would-be space explorers, sung 230 miles above the earth by one of the latest successors to Major Tom.
Last night, this wondrous HD video cover version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity was posted on YouTube by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the space station, which is the largest artificial body in orbit. Viewed at full-screen, its pin-sharp photography combines poetry and awe and speed and perspective and human scale more honestly than any special-effects movie. Seeing stars rise over a black horizon fixed in their constellations itself fixes the vehicle firmly in the firmament of space, while beneath the Great Big World Keeps On Turning. This alone is a magical moment of unparalleled apprehension.
“With deference to the genius of David Bowie, here is Space Oddity, recorded on Station,” he tweeted. “A last glimpse of the World.”
Overnight his personal post has clocked a million views, quite apart from scores of other media postings. It was Hadfield’s parting act for the digital media on the eve of his return to Earth today after nearly five months in zero-gravity. And Bowie replied with the tweet “Hallo spaceboy”.
Commander Chris, a former Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot, was the first Canadian astronaut to walk in space. On December 19, he took off for a long-duration stay on board the ISS as part of Expedition 35. He is the first Canadian to command the space station and its six staff. And now, as the song goes, it’s time to leave the capsule …
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Video stills courtesy of Canadian Space Agency/Chris Hadfield/EMI/Mercury Records
➢ British astronaut Piers Sellers recalls the unique smell of space
➢ Technology made simple – 18 TED talks from astronauts, including Chris Hadfield
No longer “a cheap date”: Robert Elms with Alison Moyet today
❚ ALISON MOYET HAS COMPLETED her eighth solo album, The Minutes, with Guy Sigsworth on production creating a whole new synthesised sound. It is released on May 6 on the Cooking Vinyl label. Today she talked to Robert Elms on his BBC London show about slipping into “electro-jazz” and being able to say No to merely doing more cover versions. “I wanted to play a bit.”
She surprises Robert by saying, yes she is a mainstream artist, but regards herself as an instrumentalist, that her first instrument is “a voice – I love chanson, like Brel or Michel Legrand. But as well as being a voice, I’m an artist where voice is not the main thing, it can be about the lyric or the melody. I don’t always want the voice to be the focus!”
Alison Moyet, the Basildon punk, high priestess of electronic pop and peerless soul singer, set out as Genevieve Alison Jane. An Essex girl born to a French father and English mother, she left school at 16, became famous at 21 as singer in Yazoo, and released her triple-platinum solo debut, Alf, at 23. She found fame hard to handle at such a young age, but hindsight has helped her appreciate those experiences. “For a while in the mid-80s, it was amusing to be a pop bitch, but that changed, and it stopped being enough. Now I am able to put my early work into context and find pleasure in the innocence of it.” Between 1984 and 1987, Moyet was Britain’s biggest female solo star.
➢ Robert Elms interviews Alison Moyet on BBC London 94.9 and plays two singles, 4 May 2013 (last half hour) – on iPlayer for seven days
➢ On video, May 15: Alison Moyet talks to Absolute 80s Martyn Lee about her new album The Minutes
♫ Preview clips from Alison Moyet’s The Minutes, out May 6. The first single When I Was Your Girl is on sale already
➢ The Minutes tour starts Sep 30 in Cork and hits London’s Royal Festival Hall on Oct 15, ends Oct 31
➢ Moyet’s comeback single – ‘my happiest studio experience’
Back 2 The Wild: Click on pic to run video in a new window
➢ Bedazzling music video for the new Basement Jaxx single Back 2 The Wild is directed by Mat Maitland at Big Active & Natalia Stuyk. Salient points at Popjustice:
- Basement Jaxx are Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe and they hail from London, England.
- They’ve collaborated with “everyone” from Kele Le Roc to JC Chasez to Dizzee Rascal to Robyn.
- If a song of theirs came on in a club it would not be inappropriate to have a bit of a dance.
➢ Double whammy: view the Wild video in super-high quality and visit their own online playlist at jaxxplayer
➢ Dazed Digital has a vibey May playlist alongside its main feature post-punk stars, Savages. It says:
“ We’ve got a whole lot of Jeremih from his Cassie mixape collab to Shlohmo, new Gold Panda, Co La’s experimental single on Software, the first release from legendary London establishment Fabric’s Houndstooth label as well as an exclusive stream from Pedestrian’s new EP and more from our recently featured avant-garde electronic duo Diamond Version. ” Not to mention Jessie Ware.
Electricity Club Showman Rusty Egan: any kind of music so long as it’s electro
➢ Rusty Egan presents The Electricity Club Show every Friday 00:00 till 02:00 BST … Either take this picturesque catch-up route via the Electricity Club which champions the current electropop scene:
“ Eins-zwei-drei-vier… the fourth programme in the series Egan Presents The Electricity Club on Mi-Soul Radio can now be heard on catchup. The show starts with Kraftwerk and the other featured artists are fine examples of the Düsseldorf foursome’s legacy. These acts include Felix Da Housecat, Tiga & Zyntherius, Afrika Bambaataa, The Knife, Omd, Junkie Xl Featuring Dave Gahan, Mgmt, Simple Minds, Sin Cos Tan, Daft Punk, Inertia And The Presets. ”
➢ Or tune in live to Egan playing the best in electronic music at Mi-Soul on Fridays 00:00 till 02:00 BST
“ Mi-Soul is a soul music broadcast platform, providing everything soul everywhere – online, on mobile app and in due course on FM and digital, and any other future platform yet to be invented. Launched by the team responsible for creating Kiss FM in the 1990s, Mi-Soul continues to be supported by many of the original DJ team, augmented by high-profile presenters in every genre. Mi-Soul occupies a self-contained wing in the in the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust’s iconic building in Deptford, which was designed by the award-winning architect David Adjaye, and opened in 2008. ”
RUSTY’S SUMMER IN THE MED
❏ Rusty Egan says: “If you are in Cannes for the film festival I will be there on the Croisette at “Canvas” on the beach opposite Carlton Cannes hotel May 17–19 … then in Ibiza at Nassau Beach Bar with Steve Norman from Spandau Ballet on sax and percussion, from May to Sept every other Friday … I have been very busy writing and recording new music under the title Welcome To The Dancefloor and will be ready to release some stuff very soon. Visit SOundcloud to sample some.”
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