Dive into the airy R&B and pop sounds of ISA

R&B / pop artist ISA is just 20 years old but already has a knack for expressing deep sincerity in her music. Her latest single “Shy” today gets the acoustic treatment and the rendition delivers a palatable sound of airy pop.

ISA breathes her vocal prowess into the rehash of the R&B-Pop bop. The now self-releasing artist demonstrates her freedom on this personal, liberating track; she explains the premise of “Shy”:

“I wrote the acapella version of Shy to convey a rawer side of the single – production is an intrinsic facet of my artistry and experimenting with vocal arrangements is something I’ve found to be a strength in my style of composition. A large part of my inspiration comes from the way R&B singer Brandy uniquely uses her voice as an instrument, creating various moods with her rhythm. “

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Golden Vessel’s “BIGBRIGHT” is a meeting of Australia’s buzziest musicians

Brisbane artist Golden Vessel has managed to pull together some of the buzziest Australian musicians on a single song, “BIGBRIGHT.” Featured on the track are Elkkle, E^ST and DUCKWRTH, who are each given their time to shine with a solo verse.

Written about the butterflies and head rush of a new crush, “BIGBRIGHT” has an accompanying visual that gives life to the feeling of head spinning infatuation.

“It was the first time that anyone on the track had met each other, and while four days was maybe overkill, we had such a fun time and we wanted to make it as good as possible,” Golden Vessel says about the making of the video. “I wanted everyone to be in their own unique locations alone singing their verse, and then at the end of the video we all come together for one big scene as friends.”

We asked Golden Vessel to take a deep dive with us to explain the inspiration behind the music video.

Brockhampton has been a huge inspiration for me both musically and visually and I love this video so much. The energy and friendship they project is really amazing and I wanted to capture a similar feeling for “BIGBRIGHT.”

I randomly found Relbw on Instagram and immediately fell in love with their photography and styling. The colours and shapes they use are amazing and we used this as a reference for the outfits and styling.

Harry who directed “BIGBRIGHT” loved the photography by platon and we used this as a key reference for the Duckwrth studio scenes.

We used artist and production designer Dave Court to build the colourful room in the final scene of the video. He built it the room out of wood inside a studio and painted it using different techniques. A big influence for him is the painter Katharina Grosse.

I also loved the energy and choppiness of this video by A$ap Ferg. It’s so fast and intense and we wanted to cut between shots at a similar rate for “BIGBRIGHT.”

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How to Dress for Success for Any Occasion

More than 150,000 people recently signed a petition in support of Westminster receptionist, Nicola Thorpe when she was sent home from work after refusing to wear high heels. As a result, parliament was forced to investigate sexist work dress codes and subsequently called for a review of equality legislation in the workplace. Dress codes are everywhere in modern society and the boundaries are continually changing in step with our values and fashion. After all, we don’t dress in the same way today as we did fifty, or even twenty years ago and our social or work fashion etiquette has evolved accordingly. Whether you’re wondering what to wear as a recent graduate or how to adhere to a dress code for a social event, then check out this guide to help you make sense of the most common dress code terms.

When to dress smart casual

While there are no hard and fast rules to dressing in a smart casual way, it is possible to adapt your wardrobe easily to fit in with the required look according to the event you’re going to. You wouldn’t, for example, turn up one evening to play at a casino wearing jeans and a t-shirt. Instead you might wear clothes that reflect classic and contemporary styles which are more appropriate for your image at a casino. This could include a cocktail dress for women or straight leg trousers with a buttoned-up shirt or polo for a man. If you’re in any doubt, ring the venue beforehand to clarify what’s acceptable to wear for the occasion.

When to wear business casual

The mix of these two contradictory words makes this definition quite possibly one of the most confusing to follow. The combination of ‘business’ which implies professionalism and ‘casual’ which suggests relaxed, means that the dress code in an office can vary considerably according to the work industry, location and even age group. Given that business attire has significantly changed over the years, the shift in wearing appropriate clothing has been more difficult to define. For women, consider a dress or skirt which sits past the knee, or smart trousers with an understated blouse. Men should wear tailored trousers with a collared shirt, preferably with a belt. The look should not be overly formal but yet be polished with a relaxed feel.

When to be a casual dresser

The casual or informal dress code can suggest an open invitation to wear what you feel most comfortable in but still reflects your style and personality. One of the most important things to consider is to wear your clothes with confidence as studies have shown that clothing affects our self esteem in different situations. It may be that jeans and t-shirt with some low key accessories will suffice at most informal events. While, casual implies that anything goes, it does not usually mean you can turn up wearing a tracksuit and trainers so think carefully how casual you are expected to be before your arrival.

If you’re still in doubt over what to wear make sure you do your research first either by speaking to the venue beforehand, or asking a friend for advice. The last thing you want to do is to turn up wearing clothes which are inappropriate to the occasion!

Lily Allen cover shoot with FAULT Magazine: FAULTs and all

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FAULT Magazine Issue 29 - Lily Allen cover
Photography: David Yeo
Fashion Editor: Rachel Holland
Hair: Jake Gallagher
Make-up: Georgina Ahmed
Nail Technician: Diana Drummond
Set Designer: Andrew Macgregor
Fashion Assistants: Ana Cirnu And Lupe Baeyens


Words: Miles Holder & Elly Watson 


FAULT: So obviously No Shame is amazing, congratulations! How’s the reaction been so far?
Lily Allen: The only reaction I’ve really seen is live from fans, and that’s been really amazing. I guess the other thing is reviews which have been on the whole really good. Couple of bad ones, but it is what it is…


It’s been four years since Sheezus and you’ve previously said you made “a record for a record company”, how did you approach No Shame differently?
Lily Allen: Well I don’t know if I’d made it for the record company, but I made it for the market. When I first started making music I didn’t think I was going to be a pop star. To be honest, I thought I’d be like Jamie T support act. Then when ‘Smile’ came out and whatever happened… It was beyond all my expectations. I don’t even know if it was really what I wanted, but it happened like that. Because it was successful it’s like you’re trying to repeat that cycle and I think that became wrong in whatever way, and that’s what culminated in Sheezus. I had to reevaluate what it was that I was doing, what it was that I liked and what it was that my fans liked about the first albums when it was going right, and not really thinking about the commercial aspect of things. Because those things aren’t really in an artists control now anyway, it’s all to do with algorithms and streaming figures.


Releasing a song at the right time and all of that?
Lily Allen: Not even that! I think it’s all to do with marketing. If you’re not a priority then it’s not going to happen like that and I knew that it was no longer a priority so I was like “Well, what are you doing this for then?” If it’s not to be a pop star it’s got to be for the other reasons, so it was going back to the other reasons.


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And how was it going back to those previous reasons?
Lily Allen: A relief, I think. Just having the freedom to do whatever it was I wanted and reconnecting. I think it was interesting as well that the first and second albums were very truthful and honest, but from a different perspective. I was a lot younger and I didn’t have any responsibilities – it was all about drugs and sex and the good sides of that. No Shame is the other side.


What made you want to explore those other sides in No Shame?
Lily Allen: Just because I was in it! That’s where I was. I’ve always written about my lived experiences and what it is I’m going through. In the first album it was all about going out and London and boys because that’s what I was! I was 19 and that’s what I was seeing. On this album I was really lonely and very isolated from my friends and my peer group, even from members of my family. I suppose maybe because I was writing a book alongside the album I became quite introspective and started thinking about myself and what’s happened more. I spent a lot of time on Twitter and seeing what other people think about the world, but it was the first time I sort of explored myself outside of therapy.


What made you want to write a book?
Lily Allen: Money!


Lily Allen: Money and running out of it! Not seeing many avenues to make it anymore. And also, aside from that slightly facetious answer, I actually don’t have a very good memory, I get really bored of repeating myself and I think that this period, the last four years at least, have been not only really important formative years for myself but for my children as well. And they’re going to ask questions about what happened with Mummy and Daddy and I’m not going to want to go over it. Also it’ll not be accurate in 10 years time when I’m retelling the story. Lots of parents have that difficulty but most parents’ children don’t have the Daily Mail online as their point of reference to find out the truth about what happened and I just don’t want them to think that that’s what it is. So it’s my way of explaining that… and getting paid, yay!


And what’s the book called?
Lily Allen: My Thoughts Exactly.


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How about No Shame? Where did that name come from?
Lily Allen: It was called The Fourth Wall for ages because it did feel like that moment in House of Cards where Kevin Spaces turns to the camera and starts talking to the audience and saying that everything else that came before was a bit of an act really – which is true to a certain extent, but it’s slightly exaggerated. But my manager said “imagine if you’re on Graham Norton and you’re having to explain this, that makes you sound really pretentious.” Then one day I came up with No Shame and he was like “you can explain this better.” And I guess it’s just being a woman in music and being tabloid fodder for such a long period of my twenties, everything kind of came with a side dish of guilt and shame and humiliation, but it was all kind of written for me. No-one ever said “are you really embarrassed by this?” or “aren’t you really upset by this?”, it was just “she’s upset, she’s embarrassed, she’s a failure.” So I think it was me addressing all of those things that I do on the record but putting up a bit of an armour really, just saying I’m not ashamed. That’s how we move forward from these things that lots of people go through, but maybe not a lot of us talk about because we feel ashamed.


Obviously a lot of us don’t have our lived plastered on the front of the Daily Mail for everyone to read but especially being a young woman, is that motto of not being ashamed something you want people to take from this?
Lily Allen: I think most of of my albums have had a double entendre thing to it – except Sheezus. It’s me saying that I’ve got no shame but Daily Mail readers will listen to it and go “oh she’s got no shame that one.”  You can make it what you want to really. But then also, so often when I’ve been experiencing really great things, like album sales and playing on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury or whatever, it’s like I almost don’t let myself have it. I’d be like “didn’t the band play a really great show?” or “didn’t Greg Kurstin produce a really great album?” It’s difficult I think as a woman, especially when people are being so rude about you the whole fucking time and trying to tell you that everything’s happened because of other people, we find it difficult not to feel guilty about our accomplishments in a weird way. It’s that imposter syndrome thing.


Like claiming the narrative for yourself and not being ashamed of it. Is that what you want people to feel when they listen to the album?
Lily Allen: I’ve come to terms with the idea now that you put something out and people will make of it what they want. That’s almost another reason why the album’s got that title, it’s like you can either hate it and think that I’ve got “no shame” or you can listen to it and be like “oh that’s good, she’s rid herself of all of that guilt and shame.”


And you’ve just mentioned Twitter, do you think it’s important to call out people when they’re being twats on it? Because a lot of people in the public eye get people who are mean about them online but don’t address it.
Lily Allen: I probably address 0.00001 per cent of what it is that I get. And I’ve spent a lot of time online and I think most of my peers do as well. The analogy that I tend to use now is that Twitter is the modern pub. You know? And if people would talk to me like that in real life – if someone was really drunk and lecherous and annoying, I’d probably walk away and ignore him, but if I felt what they said really crossed a line I would call them out. So that’s kind of my filter for it, I guess.


You also use your social media to bring up issues that are happening. Do you think it’s important for artists to do that?
Lily Allen: It depends what their goal is. If it’s to make money and get lots of brand endorsements then probably not. If what you’re striving for is something different, which I do, then yeah. I feel like you’ve got to be able to back it up, you know? And I think that’s why the tabloids and everyone hates me so much is because they can’t get me. I am a leftist, I am a socialist, I pay all my fucking tax, you know? I don’t have a company registered in the Cayman Islands and they know that. That’s why they’re so angry because they can’t… if I am being hypocritical I’ll put my hands up and say “yeah that is”, but I believe in what I say. I walk the walk and I talk the talk and that’s why they hate it so much.


Completely. I think you’re using the influence and followers that you have to promote important things that people need to be talking about instead of being like “oh if I bring up this issue Missguided might not give me that 10% off sample sale.” So what would you say has been the worst piece of advice you’ve gotten in the industry?
Lily Allen: Sign this record deal for £25,000 from my lawyer at the time… In all seriousness I think there’s a real issue with the legal firms that are giving advice to really young people. I signed that deal when I was 19 years old and I’m still in it. It was a five-album deal for £25,000. And I paid for the advice to sign that deal and it was not good advice.


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Is there any way you can get out of it?
Lily Allen: I’m working on it but I’ve only got one more album to go. But I am very concerned for other young artists for sure.


Yeah, it’s terrifying. Finally, what else have you got planned. There’s a big tour at the end of the year?
Lily Allen: I don’t really make plans anymore. It’s all so unpredictable. I just kind of see where the wind takes me. I’m doing this book, which is coming out in September. There’s talk about maybe people buying the rights to it and whether to make it into either a film or TV, and then I’ll take the producer credit on that and do it through my production company so I don’t know, I might really enjoy that process and decide I don’t want to make music anymore and do something else. Or I might decide to do another album.


Was there ever a time in those four years between Sheezus and No Shame where you were like I’d rather just…
Lily Allen: Never that I’d rather just do something else. I did do something else when I did my clothes shop with my sister and also having babies. Also having kids is choosing to go on a different tangent. So I do have those moments but I’m completely unqualified, I left school when I was fifteen, this is the only thing I know how to do and I do really enjoy it.


And finally, what’s your FAULT?
Lily Allen: Brexit, apparently! I dunno, everything? It’s all my fault, blame me for it. Like what’s my inner fault? What’s wrong with me? Again, the answer is just everything. I think just write everything.




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How to Build a Strong Portfolio as a Fashion Designer

The interviews we’ve had with top fashion designers, as well as features posted about designer labels and their collections, should give you glimpses of just how exciting the fashion industry can be. Between designing a new collection, styling top celebrities, and preparing for photo shoots, the fashion industry is filled with things that will keep you excited and driven.
Pursuing a career in this industry is no longer a difficult dream to realise. Thanks to the resources you have today, you can work as a fashion designer, start your own fashion line, work on various collections, and be at the top of your game in no time.
Of course, that pursuit needs to start somewhere. Having the right mentality and all the necessary resources are also very important if you want to make it as a fashion designer. More importantly, you have to have a portfolio of your work to break into the industry. To help you craft your own career in this field, we are going to take a look at the best tips on how you can build a strong portfolio as a fashion designer.

Research, and Research Some More

Before you start making and collecting designs and photos, you need to do a bit of research first. Your portfolio needs to represent who you are as a fashion designer, which means you have to define certain things about the portfolio itself and your work as a whole before you can start building a strong portfolio to support your career.
Turn to your sources of information and develop ideas for a strong portfolio. Find a genre of fashion and design – or several of them – to act as the root of your work. Plan ahead and you will be able to create your portfolio around the roots you have selected.
Another thing that needs to be defined while you do your research is how you will use your portfolio in the future. Why are you making the portfolio? Are you applying for a position in fashion? Do you want to get into fashion school? Depending on the objectives you want to achieve, there are requirements that the portfolio must meet.

Hold It Together

Next, you need to figure out a way to build the portfolio itself. Since we’re talking about pursuing a career in fashion today, a digital portfolio is certainly the way to go. A digital portfolio that can be accessed from anywhere will help you land your dream job or project. When applying for a position in the fashion industry, all you need is a link to your online portfolio.
Out of the many online portfolio builders on the market, you want a reliable provider that is known for their portfolio websites. Providers like Format have the best balance between appealing design, great features, and incredible user-friendliness. You don’t need to know how to create web pages or be an expert programmer to be able to create a fantastic fashion portfolio that stuns everyone.
Format.com isn’t only easy to use, but also very flexible in terms of design. You can choose to use one of the available themes, add your own design elements, and integrate a variety of designs and visual elements for a truly appealing portfolio. The platform even supports e-commerce, which means you can also sell merchandise and designs directly from the online portfolio.

Work on Your Content

With a capable platform and a well-designed page ready to go, it is time to work on the content of the portfolio itself. Here’s one tip you want to keep in mind when creating a strong portfolio: variety matters. The goal is using the portfolio to show your best works, but the way you do that matters just as much as the results you share with your audience.
You need to let your portfolio tell most of the story. Showing process is a great way to get started. Instead of displaying only photos of your latest collection, you can add elements such as the raw sketches and designs, behind-the-scenes pictures, and even videos you made for that collection. These are simple elements to add to the portfolio, but the addition of these elements is very impactful.
You can even add text – written stories – to the portfolio. This is a great way to highlight what matters to you personally. You can take the audience on a journey and let them understand your personal perspective when designing fashion items. It is also a great way to separate yourself from other designers trying to break into the industry.

Look for Your Strongest Ideas

It is worth noting that not all of your ideas – your designs – are worth featuring in the portfolio. It is not uncommon for a collection to have one or two items that really shine. These are the items you need to feature in your portfolio since they highlight your best ideas. They are more likely to capture the attention of potential employers.
Strong ideas also boost your chances of gaining more exposure. People are more likely to talk about your designs when they find things that really interest them in a personal way. The natural reaction to seeing great ideas is sharing them, and that means more people seeing your work and appreciating your ideas.
The big question is: how do you find your strongest ideas? There is no definitive rule to follow, but your best ideas are usually the ones that you enjoy working on the most. The passion you have for fashion shows and viewers will notice that same passion when seeing your work and your portfolio as a whole.

Think About Branding

The final element to add to your portfolio is, well, yourself. As a fashion designer, you need to have a unique brand that others can immediately recognise. A lot of new fashion designers make the mistake of not bothering with a brand, thinking that they can do branding later when they are already successful. This isn’t the approach you want to take.
Create a simple logo that others can recognise easily. Add other branding elements – colors, accents, and more – to the mix. Your brand doesn’t have to be particularly complex; an initial or your name can be a brand when treated correctly.
Branding is about consistency. As you build your portfolio, you want to be extra certain that elements from your brand are also found in it. If you have a certain color scheme that you use for your brand, for example, adding touches of colors from that scheme helps create a more consistent feel throughout the portfolio.

Share and Improve

Portfolios are made to be seen. There is no point in having an interesting portfolio if there is no one to see it. Since your portfolio is online, start sharing it to the right audience and begin collecting more exposure for your work.
You can use social media to connect with fashion lovers and industry experts directly. Be open to feedbacks and let others comment on your designs as they view your portfolio. Accept those comments with an open mind.
Building a strong portfolio isn’t a one-time deal either. Now that you’ve heard what others think about your portfolio, you have more information to work with. This means you can fully evaluate your portfolio from an objective point of view, and you can improve it further.
Breaking into the fashion industry gets easier when you have a strong portfolio. Build a strong portfolio today, get it online, and direct the right viewers to the portfolio to start your career in fashion.

Calum Scott bares all for FAULT Magazine Issue 29

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Yorkshire lad Calum Scott shot to fame in 2016 after his goosebump-inducing cover of Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” on Britain’s Got Talent. As well as breathing new life into the record, the rendition propelled Scott into the spotlight, landing him a record deal and changing his life in more ways than than he could ever have known.


Your cover of Robyn’s ‘Dancing on my own’ was the most downloaded song of the summer in 2016 after BGT and you became a household name pretty quickly. How did it feel to lose your anonymity so suddenly? 

Calum Scott : It felt incredibly surreal. I went from having a very normal life with a very normal day job and in one moment, the whole trajectory of my life completely changed. Britain’s Got Talent gave me a springboard and a platform where the audition and ultimately my single would be seen and discovered by people all over the world – had I known that going in it would have completely freaked me out. I am lucky in that I still have some anonymity, I still remain a very normal person and do what everyone else does, go to the same places.. staying grounded is very important to me.


Although it’s a cover, you sing it with such piercing emotion that you must have related to it quite strongly. Tell me what the song meant to you then and what it means to you now?

Calum ScottI remember hearing the original back in 2010 and was a huge fan because there is no denying, it is a smash! At that time, because of the cool pop production on it, I didn’t hear the lyrics as heartbreaking as they actually are. When I covered the song it was just me and piano.. the words literally leapt out and hit me straight in the chest. I completely relate to them as a guy who is a sucker for falling in love with the straight guys so in my cover I purposefully didn’t change the pronouns – I wanted it to be from my own perspective because I related so much. Now, the song still means the same to me but has complete new purpose. This song undoubtedly changed my life and I feel whether its Robyn’s original or my interpretation of her song, it is changing other people’s lives which is the most humbling feeling ever.

You’ve said that ‘If Our Love Is Wrong’ is effectively your coming out song. What led you to open up about your sexuality on this track?

Calum ScottGrowing up I found it really difficult to identify who I was.. I struggled when I was younger working out if I was gay or if I was just going through a phase and after putting trust in my friends at the time and talking to them about it, I was completely abandoned. That made me suppress my sexuality for the best part of my life. I came out to those closest to me but after my career took off, I had to open my private life to the world and that’s where I had to make a decision on how I was going to handle it especially because at this point, I still hadn’t told my Dad. I literally went into a songwriting session, told them the situation, cried my eyes out and ‘If Our Love Is Wrong’ was born. After we had written that song, it opened the path to my most honest songwriting and made me feel the most empowered I’ve ever felt.


You signed with Capitol records back in 2016 but released your debut album ‘Only Human’ this spring. What happened in that time?

Calum ScottThe biggest adventures of my life! I had such unprecedented success with ‘Dancing On My Own’ that it completely changed my world! When Capitol brought me to LA to discuss signing with them, that visit was the first time I had been to the states! Since then I began writing my own songs, travelling all over the world to perform at shows, on TV and radio, supporting incredible artists in the UK such as Jamie Lawson and Emeli Sandé, and all the while trying to record my debut album! It’s been a whirlwind adventure but I have loved every moment of it.


You’ve said that, after hearing your music, people have told you it’s given them the courage to come out themselves, or helped them face difficult times. How are you finding the reception of the record so far? 

Calum Scott :The record is becoming exactly what I hoped for – it is becoming a ‘medicine’ for people. I am always incredibly touched when people get in touch to tell me their stories that are/were influenced by the music on my album. To write honest music and remain relatable and approachable was always my goal but releasing this record was more about helping others through my own personal stories and struggles. My fans have been very patient waiting for this album to be released and the reaction has been unreal, it continues to be discovered beyond my fan base in all corners of the world, I couldn’t have asked for a better reception of a debut album.

Tell me about the role your family – especially your sister – has played in supporting your musical career?

Calum Scott :Without my sister I don’t think I would be sat here answering these questions! I only actually discovered my voice because of her. One day she overheard me singing in my room and took it upon herself to put me into a competition and not tell me… NOT impressed initially but with the belief from my friends and family, I took to the stage for the very first time and a passion ignited in me that I had never felt before. Ever since then I have dreamt of what I do now and it is 100% down to them that I believed in myself enough to chase it.

Who would you say your musical idols are?

Calum Scott :When my sister and I were younger, my Mum would always play her favourite artists; Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Queen, Celine Dion.. all these powerful and emotional performers and they just resonated with me! I knew even before I started singing that if I was to open my mouth and perform, it would be that style that came out. I personally still love those artists but my more current influences are artists like Adele, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, artists who for me, write and sing real music. Adele is my number one though. I admire her songwriting, her voice is unreal and she has remained the same down-to-earth girl that started out which is 100% the same footsteps I wish to follow in.


What is your FAULT? 

Calum Scott :Making a lot of people cry probably! I don’t mean to but with my music, it just happens! I guess, because I write from very real, sometimes painful places, people can see I am being genuine and I think that goes a long way. That’s something I will continue to be over the course of my career. That might mean more tears though… sorry in advance!



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