Photographer: Danny Craven
Stylist: Jessica Stebbings
Hair: Lou Box
Makeup: Lou Box
Photographer: Jemima Marriott
Fashion Editor: Kristine Kilty @ Lovely Management
Hair & Make Up: Rebecca McMahon using Nars Fashion Assistant: Shannon McGrath
Model: Arabella Ballantyne @ Elite
Q&A With Alexandra Mann
Wash bag designer extraordinaire, Alexandra Mann is known for her rock n roll cosmetics bags, featuring skulls and personalised initials. Designed and made from her Hackney based studio, these best selling bags are available in Liberty and The Store x Soho House Berlin among others. With the range expanding, there are other exciting projects that involve Ibiza and the Natural History Museum in the pipeline too.
Tell us a little about your brand…
I’ve always been a designer maker and used to make things to order, word of mouth sales & a market stall at Camden market. A few years later Marcus from The Chic Geek blog approached me at a press day and advised me to try out for the Liberty Best of British open call for designers. Out of about 800 applicants I got taken on as one of 4 new designers stockists. I recently did my first collaboration with Liberty. The whole thing has been amazing to be honest as I’ve been visiting Liberty since I was a child with my Mother!
You started off as a costume designer…
I once made tea and did some running on a friends short film. I got the bug. I have costumed two British feature films, commercials and recently ‘King for a Term’ written and directed by Idris Elba for Sky Arts. Out Summer 2015. Working in the costume department recently for This is England ’90 was a real honour. I was one of the few people on set that didn’t have a BAFTA! It was so incredible. Shane Meadows is a genius.
What is your best seller?
The monogram bags on my website sell really well especially the ones with glitter lettering! They work well for everyone as you can make them personal for a gift. Who’s doesn’t love a bit of glitter?!
Do you have a personal favourite?
I do but its a plain black leather pouch I carry all the time. It’s really battered and lined with grey vintage linen. I also have an oversized tote I made in Ghanaian wax cloth that is quite androgynous that I just love……
What are your top 5 beauty essentials?
REN omega 3 face oil
Frederik Malle portrait of a lady EDP. It’s kinda masculine and feminine all at once
A Vivienne Westwood Japanese licence flannel, wrung out in hot water and pressed onto the face. This even takes off mascara & has replaced all my cleansers. Lo-fi. Like it. Seems to exfoliate too….
Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser
SLEEP SLEEP & MORE SLEEP & WATER (sorry for the boring answer but it’s so true……)
Where can we buy?
Liberty, Fortnum and Mason, The Store x Soho House Berlin and www.alexandramann.com
What’s next for the brand?
I am working on a range of dresses made from vintage Sari fabric for a pop-up in Ibiza this summer. Also working on products for the Natural History Museum shop which means I am visiting their archive, I’ve had my mind blown. It’s the most inspiring and exciting place…my inner geek is very happy about this!
Developing a range of candles to launch in Liberty this AW2015
A range of slippers are in production with my factory in Devon at present. The first batch sold out in a month just from word of mouth!
With a number 1 single in her pocket, Jess Glynne is no longer just ‘the girl who sings Rather Be”. After hitting all the awards shows from the Brits to the Grammy’s, fast forward to 2015 and she’s topping the charts with ‘Hold My Hand’. Apparently, taking the world by storm doesn’t take up all your free time as Jess chatted to us this week about all things music, her forthcoming album and how having a one hit wonder doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re gonna disappear.
FAULT: You’ve started out by working with Clean Bandit and now you’ve got a number one as a solo artist. How does it feel? What was your first reaction when you heard the news?
Jess: It was probably one of the most emotional and overwhelming moments in my career so far. I mean, having a number 1 with someone else is one thing, but having a number 1 on your own name is something completely different. It was so amazing to have all these people supporting me, buying the single and making it reach the top of the chart.
We’ve seen before that some artists will shoot to the top and then for a number of different reasons they can’t maintain that peak and fall off into obscurity. In the digital age when people have less of an attention span, does falling off ever worry you, and if so how do you combat it?
You know what, it’s a worry in any industry, especially in music right now when you’ve got so many artists out. I’ve been working on this project for a long time and the one thing that I’ve always focused on is making sure that it’s honest. It’s really easy to have a one hit wonder and then just disappear. If your plan is longevity and to build an empire, you have to work hard. A lot of people think that if you’ve had one hit then that’s it, but you can’t think like that in this industry. You have to completely put your whole soul into it. So no, it doesn’t really worry me, I work hard, but obviously there’s always a part of me that has a tiny fear of losing it.
Now that you’re breaking into your own, how do you plan on differentiating yourself from being “the girl who sings Rather Be” and just being “Jess Glynne”?
I think that the more music I release, the more stuff I do, the more people hear of me will eventually just speak for itself. I’m in this industry to make music and to be an artist. Eventually people will be able to differentiate me by hearing more of my music and seeing more of what I’m about.
You’ve been nominated at the Brits against yourself. Was that an odd position to be in?
It was really really strange actually. It was amazingly strange though. The first two songs I’ve ever released into the world were both nominated for a Brit award and it was probably one of the most amazing achievements really. I mean a lot of artists never get nominated to any awards.
Speaking of awards shows, congratulations on your Grammy. How was the whole experience for you?
Absolutely insane. To be nominated is one thing, but to actually be there and win is like totally shit. I’ve never been so overwhelmed and shocked and excited and everything at the same time. Whenever someone mentions it to me I’m still in shock.
When you close your eyes and envision 10 years down the road, what dreams/projects/milestones would you like to hit that’ll just make this whole journey worth it?
If I were to look 10 years into the future I’d like to see that I have multiple albums out, touring the world, having a house and a family. All those things, hopes and dreams.
At least you ticked one thing off your wish list with the Grammy.
As much as amazing as the Grammy is, I’d love to win a Grammy in my own name as well. So that’s still in there.
You’re just about to release your album. What can we expect from it?
You can expect to hear what I’m about. A lot of people don’t know what to expect from me cause they’ve heard so much other stuff. Everyone’s like “is it gonna be a dance album, is it gonna be this and that”, but I just can’t wait for people to hear what I’ve been inspired by, what I’ve created from all the stuff that’s influenced me over the years. It’s got a lot of soul influence, but it’s not a heartbreak album.
Does it come from a very personal place?
It does come from a personal place cause it’s kinda about my journey over the past few years leading up to now. It’s personal in the sense that it’s me giving you the art that I’ve created, art that’s very close to home and that someone there has a personal meaning to me. It’s not a heartbreak album, but I hope it touches people in the sense that it will make them smile and feel amazing at any given time. When I listen to some albums chronologically from someone that I love, it makes me, you know, feel. With an album, you really wanna experience that and really get into it. Hopefully it will do the job.
From Coachella to the red carpet, you are always dressed to perfection. How would you describe your style?
I think my style is quite diverse. I’m very picky in what I wear, I won’t ever just wear anything. I like to mix things a lot as well and have something a little edgy to it. I can’t quite describe it.
Who would you say were your style icons?
It’s a really difficult question cause I’m usually inspired by what I love seeing here and there. One day I’d see something Rihanna’s wearing and love it and the next I’ll be walking down the street and see someone wearing something that I like. I don’t really have style icons in fashion I just love fashion.
Lastly, what’s your FAULT?
I think being indecisive is my biggest fault in the world. I can never make up my mind.
Words: Adina Ilie
Photographer: Diana Gomez www.dianagomez.com
Fashion Editor: Kristine Kilty @ Lovely Management
Makeup Artist: Amy Brandon @ Lovely Management
Hair: Dave Nobel
Photography Assistants: Niklas Ruffer & Luis Antonio Gallo
Fashion Assistant: Shannon McGrath
Shot exclusively for FAULT at West Thirty Six, Notting Hill www.w36.co.uk
Photographer: Maggie West
MUA: Marco Campos
Model: Tong Zhang @ Next LA
Photo Assistant: Chase O’Black
FAULT’s exclusive shoot with Jim runs over 10 pages inside the issue (in addition to the reverse cover) and also includes the issue’s Men section cover.
Jim was shot in the luxury Cheval Three Quays apartments overlooking London’s Tower Bridge. Photographed by Sarah Dunn and styled by Fashion Editor and Celebrity stylist Kristine Kilty, the shoot showcases Jim’s brooding yet playful style as he channels James Dean for this striking spread.
In his interview Jim opens up to FAULT on how he coped with the big-budget box office flop Cloud Atlas, an excitingly ambitious yet commercially disappointing multi-role epic which he starred in along-side Tom Hanks and Halle Berry. Jim also let’s us know what it’s like working on his upcoming blockbuster movie ‘Geostorm’ also starring Gerard Butler out later next year.
I catch up with Jim on an icy February Friday, each of us shivering over the phone at our respective North London abodes. He’s not long gotten back from sunnier climes, having spent three months filming in New Orleans for upcoming 2016 blockbuster, Geostorm.
“It was fun – a big Hollywood splash. I was honoured that they asked me to do it,” says Jim, in his laid back, to-the-point manner. After recounting with warmth his off-set experiences in the lively southern American jazz scene, he describes the high-concept film has having “almost two stories, about two brothers – I played Max, a young politician on Earth, while Gerry [Gerard Butler] plays my older brother Jake, who gets sent up into space.”
“It was cool – a big piece of entertainment, although it does have a backbone in the world of global warming and geoengineering,” Jim says, musing on the idea of sci-fi flagging present-day issues rather than future ones. “Sometimes you reach more people with entertainment than some heavy-browed documentary. You can weave thoughts into their subconscious whilst making them laugh and showing them a good time… but I don’t want to make out that we’ve made a really important environmental movie!” he adds, ever-quick to see the humour in a situation.
Another one to watch hits cinemas this year in the form of London Fields, an adaptation of Martin Amis’ darkly comic murder mystery Jim plays Keith Talent, the thug, philanderer and darts-player extraordinaire who becomes embroiled with Nicola Six (Amber Heard), Guy Clinch (Theo James) and Samson Young (Billy Bob Thornton [FAULT 13’s Cover Star] in a twisted love affair.
“It was such a bonkers movie – testing to make, and to dare to be involved in,” says Jim, alluding to the narrative’s brooding apocalyptic undertones and increasingly sinister sequence of events. “The nice thing about it, for me, was getting to travel around London and shoot in areas I hadn’t been to in years, like Brixton Market. It almost felt like I was seeing the city through new eyes. With a lot of Americans involved, it was good to be the host for a change – normally I travel to other parts of the world, being a guest in someone else’s town.”
So how does he deal with the disappointment? Along with smaller-production titles like The Lion’s Share, Jim recently starred in big-budget box office flop Cloud Atlas, an excitingly ambitious yet commercially disappointing multi-role epic with a story that spanned five centuries.
“As long as I feel I’ve made a good film, I can feel good about it. That’s what’s so frustrating about acting, because once you’ve done your bit, you kind have to hand it over… there’s so little you can do.” He pauses, contemplative. “You want a film to do well, but that’s not always going to be the case. With Cloud Atlas, I was hopeful that people would be excited to see something different, which was a bit hard to watch. So much work went into it; all it took was the distribution companies to give it some love and support, but they didn’t. But you know, we got such positive feedback from the people who did watch it – it connected with them, and that’s the most important thing.”
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