FAULT Reviews Primavera Sound Festival

The reputation of Barcelona’s Primavera Sound has grown so much over the last five years that it gets mentioned in the same breath as the UK’s Glastonbury as a festival heavyweight. Is this reputation deserved? Primavera offers something different from Glasto, which fans will tell you is always about ‘more than just the music’, hence it selling out before a single name gets announced. Conversely Primavera sells out as the line up is always amazing and there’s very little else to distract from it. The sound quality on all eight stages is always amazing and there are practically no breaks in the program. Bands start around 4:30pm and finish at 5am. And being in Spain means that the weather nearly always holds up. What’s not to love?

A delayed flight meant that this reviewer had to miss Wednesday night’s free performance by Goat, one of the best live guitar bands of the moment. Instead the festival started on Thursday with an enchanting greatest hits set by French lounge pop legends Air. Floating Points then played on the amphitheater-like Ray Bans stage. At any other festival their live-band jazz electro mash up may have fallen flat but here it’s welcomed like a hands-in- the-air dance set. Tame Impala are a band I’d never been fully convinced by before but their set blew me away, even despite a fairly long break as the sound cut out. Kevin Parker has embraced his awkward front man persona and the cuts from last year’s Currents LP sound monumental. But Thursday is really only about one band and that’s LCD Soundsystem. The reunited New Yorkers express their love for Spain before running through a set that’s low on surprises but high on incredible moments. Their longer tracks work better live for me

– Yeah and Losing My Edge really come into their own with the live band stretching things out. A cool yet unpretentious mix of dance, indie, and experimental but always with eyes on the dance floor, they may be the band that sums up Primavera best.

 

Friday starts with Savages and their furiously engaging live show. I saw them play the smaller Pitchfork stage three years ago but they if anything appear even more comfortable here on the main stage. Radiohead draw arguably the biggest crowd of the weekend though and they bring the kind of dedicated audience that allows them to take chances, hence starting quietly with five songs from new album Moon Shaped Pool. Pretty much everyone is enraptured though and the band seem comfortable enough so to slowly start rolling out some of their lesser heard hits… and yes, that includes a final encore of Creep. For all of Radiohead’s experimental chops they looks tame next to Animal Collective and Holly Herndon’s sets, the latter making genuine head-scratching electro whilst typing onstage banter directly onto the backing screen, which is oddly lovely. There’s one more hugely anticipated set on the Friday though. Any music fan over 25 is probably at least curious to see what the Avalanches are coming back with. Will they recreate their legendary sample-adelic debut album live? Will they play loads of new stuff? Well, no, and no. What we get instead is two of the once eight strong band doing a DJ set. There are snatches of the Since I Left You album but mostly this is ingeniously mashed-up party music, with two new songs thrown in at the end, the disappointing Frankie Sinatra and the faith-reaffirming Subways. Was it any good? I know some fans were very disappointed but I loved it. Once you got your head around the fact it wasn’t a live show it became simple the best party DJ set you’d ever heard, and no one seemed to be enjoying it more than the two guys onstage.

 

Saturday hosts Primavera’s answer to Glastonbury’s Sunday legends slot. Last year Patti Smith played Horses, this year was Brian Wilson’s turn to wheel out 50-year-old classic Pet Sounds in full. It’s a miracle that the elder Beach Boy brother is alive, never mind the fact that him and his band can hold a crowd like this. They end with the hits and it’s amazing fun after two solid nights of partying. Deerhunter plodded slightly but Pusha T’s bracing set on the Pitchfork stage was bracing and raw. Chairlift charmed a dedicated crowd but the big talking point of Sunday was PJ Harvey and the first full performance of her Community Of Hope show. It features an arty backdrop, proper choreography, a nine-piece band, and a marching drum intro. For some of my friends it was the performance of the festival, while to me it was impressive yet a bit too earnest. Harvey and her band are in fine voice but a crowd pleasing set this isn’t. That’s the beauty of Primavera for you though. It’s managed to become hugely popular whilst still showcasing a genuine alternative to standard festival fare. Long may it reign.

 

Words LXN

Get The Look in 5: Farrah Fawcett

Farrah Fawcett

Ms Farrah Fawcett – icon, beach babe, actress and artist, think 70s and you’ll think of her. She first shot to fame with her red swimsuit poster – which became the best selling poster ever, and the rest is history. With the 70s revival she is one to look to for both beauty and fashion inspo.

Rahua Voluminous Shampoo

The ingredient at the heart of the 100% organic rahua products is the nut that lends the brand its name. The women from the Quechua-Shuar tribe have used rahua nut oil for centuries to maintain their notoriously luscious locks and keep their skin strong, supple and resilient. Rahua’s volumizing shampoo will give you completely full Farrah hair that’s big, bouncy and with a natural shine.

Highly concentrated organic argan oil with strawberry seed oil, rich in omega fatty acids and antioxidants, the Life Elixir provides intense moisturisation to deeply rehydrate skin making you look younger, winner all round.

Jane Iredale In Touch Highlighter

Sweep this creamy highlighter over the cheekbones for a subtle 70s look. You can also add it to the eyes and brow bone for a little extra illuminizing. Try the shade of ‘complete’ for a cute pink tone.

We love these classic 1972 Cortez’s, and we’re not the only ones. They are having a massive revival at the moment. For some background info, these were designed by Nike’s founder Bill Bowerman and released during the 1972 Olympics as a tech running shoe; they quickly soared to icon status as a lifestyle sneaker as it was made famous by Farrah Fawcett.

70s Jeans 

You can’t beat a good pair of denim flares, especially for the summer vibe. Our Etsy crush: Young and Ukraine have denim for you to perfectly nail this look. Based in California they are known for their oh-so-cool sustainable vintage clothing.

FAULT Focus: Experiencing The Next 100 years project with MINI Future Shapers

Last night FAULT were invited to take part in Mini’s “The Future Shapers’ event held at London’s Roundhouse. While details were cryptic beforehand, we soon found out that it was truly out of this world…or out of this time we should say.

Anders Warming the current Head of Mini design was the first speaker of the night, starting with the history of Mini he brought us to the present before going into details about their exciting plans for the future which you’ll find pictured below.

The concept car’s features are numerous and rather than discuss them all, let’s move onto what we found most gripping.

The most fascinated concept for us was the community trait of the whole project. The Mini of the future will transcend the physical body of the car; in essence every Mini will be your Mini. The big reveal isn’t how Mini plans to innovate the physical design of the body, no, the big reveal is their future plans to innovate mobility as a whole.

Imagine for a second that Siri wasn’t a fancy bank of triggers with corresponding answers, but instead actually knew your calendar and mood and feelings towards each entry. Knew that you were grumpy in the mornings and often late for afternoon meetings. Now imagine it was also your personal driver in every Mini you entered. Mini plan to make this a reality.

 

 

Warming stresses, that Mini customers share a unique bond with their vehicles. Mini plan to direct this bond to an AI. In theory, the Mini body would act similar to an automotive Boris Bike. The AI is what you’ll bond with, the same voice that says farewell to you at Heathrow airport will be the same voice that greets you at JFK airport for instance. It’s all very exciting!

The real question is do we believe this is a possible, feasible and monetizable model for the future? I think so. It’s 2016 and most of us living in the inner-city don’t even own cars. IF I need to get around in a car, I’ll simply order an Uber. From this understanding, we aren’t 100 years from what Mini are proposing. In fact, I believe this is feasible within this century. Of course, only time will tell, it wasn’t long before the once exciting concept of flying cars proved more trouble than they are worth. However automated cars already being field-tested and every day we see AI taking leaps and bounds which add to my vote of confidence that this could become a reality.

 

Following the discussion on the future of mobility, Magnus LindKvist (what a name!) took to the stage and began the talk on the future of lifestyle.

Leading with AI, Magnus philosophised that “If it’s hard for a human to perform, it’ll be easy for a robot to perform and vice versa”. Rather subjective, but paired with below footage of ‘BigDog’ military project which cost millions to produce, it all became clear that the statement is rather accurate and as a creative, I felt a great swell of smugness at how safe my job is from automated machines; Andy in accounts is not so lucky…

 

For our readers working within the fashion sector, Magnus made great points about the rapidly declining high-street consumer, “Stores are designed for the slow walking shoppers of yesterday”. This was a new take on the issue for us, it’s funny how while many of us still enjoy high street shopping, it is now seen as an event. Unless it’s an urgent necessity, you’ll only find me browsing the high street on the weekends when I have the time to be the slow walker of yesteryear.

The final highly resonating point made was the notion that “tech takes the expensive and makes it available to everyone”. In the year 2000, just 1% of people in Africa owned a mobile phone, in 2014 this skyrocketed to 600 million people which is about 56% of their population. This has impacted rural and urban areas exponentially, allowing for once small traders to have access to the global market which was once out of their reach. This is one of a long list of advantages, technology has to expand global education with free digital literature and courses which domino into further technological advancements.

 

Finally, FAULT Favourite artist Margot Bowman took to the stage to discuss her latest project, ‘Data Portraits. We’re introduced to the body of work with the words “In 2016 out identities are be flattered, represented by one size fits all selfies and unemotional data graphs”. Data Portraits is Margot’s way of exploring ways that a future technology could one interoperate the sitter and display a visual and emotional representation of them.

Margot uses identical twins as models for her project to help display that while the current technology can display each set of twins near identically, future innovations could lead to technology which would display the unique differences in their personalities. It’s a great decision, speaking to many twins about the project, we found that the concept of “self” or “I am not we” is something that many twins struggle with especially in early life.

 

Asking questions throughout the individual photo-shoots, Margot attempted to pick out key emotional data hidden from a bare lens. The final products are wonderfully captured portraits layers with looping digital artworks inspired by Margot’s interpretations of the sitter’s personality and mood.

 

All in all, we had a great and informative night, it was wonderful to see such a diverse line-up of speakers discussing their thoughts on what the future holds for technology and lifestyle. It was especially great to see the inclusion of Margot as we find that artists are often excluded when it comes to discussing  technology or the future so it made for a great change to hear her thoughts on how tech might impact the art world in years to come.

Words: Miles Holder

Visitors to the Roundhouse exhibition, The BMW Group Future Experience, will be able to see a future MINI, a “Vision Vehicle” that demonstrates applications of new design and technology in an iconic car.
The exhibition is open daily from 10am – 5pm and runs until Sunday 26th June. Admission is FREE. Visit mininext100.co.uk for more details.

 

BRAND NEW AND EXCLUSIVE FAULT ONLINE EDITORIAL BY PHOTOGRAPHER VINCENT DOLMAN

 

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Dress – Topshop / Bra – Joanna Lark / Waist harness – Fleet Iliya / Choker – Joanna Lark

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Dress – Topshop / Bra – Joanna Lark / Waist harness – Fleet Iliya / Choker – Joanna Lark / Cuffs Fleet Iliya

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Body – Elf Zhou / Choker – The Model Traitor / Lead & cuffs – Fleet Iliya

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Body – PLT / Harness, Choker and Whip – Joanna Lark

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Pant – Kim West / Harness – Fleet Iliya / Handcuffs – Fleet Iliya / Waistcoat – ASOS

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Choker – New Look

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Vest – Woolford / Pants – Kim West latex / Choker – Stylist’s own / Arm Harness – Joanna Lark / Leg Harness – Fleet Iliya

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Body – Wolford / Bra – Fleet Iliya / Choker – New Look

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Body and harness – Coco De Mar / Cuffs – The Model Traitor / Chain – Fleet Iliya

Photography Vincent Dolman

Styling Zoe Kozlik

Make-Up: Cassie Steward using MAC Cosmetics and Paul Mitchell

Fault Magazine Guest Fashion Reporter Dougie Poynter Reviews Katie Eary SS17 LCM Show

This LCM season FAULT Magazine have partnered up with McFly’s Dougie Poynter to add a new perspective to our LCM reporting. Dougie attended the Katie Eary LCM SS17 show and shares his thoughts on the collection below. Stay up to date with Dougie’s thoughts live by following him on twitter and Instagram.

The Katie Eary show was by far my favourite show of LCM. I loved everything about it. The soundtrack was great and totally on point.
The set down the runway itself had fishing nets and other nautical items. FYI I’m a huge fan of the ocean and pirates (is piratoloigist a thing? If it is then I am one).
The show began in true Katie Eary style with bright colorful printed silk shirts and matching shorts, which you can tell just from looking are as comfortable as wearing nothing at all.
I LOVED the striped breathable knitwear which were more on the 90s grungy side of things with the wallet chains.
I literally want every piece from this collection. Check it out. Mind=blown!
Words: Dougie Poynter

Fault Magazine Reviews J.W Anderson LCM SS17 Show

 

Revisiting your childhood toy box is a nostalgic way to begin a rainy Sunday morning, and that’s what J.W. Anderson did. Bringing a child-like quality to LCM, the collection saw sleeves for days with the cast donning extremely elongated sleeves that skimmed the floor, reminding us of the times we’d dress up in our father’s oversized knitwear. Strands of Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” fed into the show with models storming through a maze-like corridors with a disembodied voice narrating the story and eerie bird noises approaching a darker atmosphere. Playtime had the boys wearing aviation goggles, jigsaw print, and brick-toned crowns seemingly made from magnetic construction toy sets. Nirvana plaids, muted colours, radiant gradients and pilot-like jumpsuits (perhaps this is Anderson’s take on the onsie) ran throughout leaving the audience, including A$AP Rocky, wanting more. Anderson made some Egyptian references using their cotton and printing jumpers and trousers with jackals. The clothes gave us masculine touches with military bombers and trenches as well as dropped shoulders, but remaining uncompromising to his androgynous interpretation of menswear, he introduced a new variation of the sought after Pierce bag – subtly saying that it’s a bag for men as well. One thing’s for sure, when times get hard and you don’t want to adult anymore, J.W. Anderson reminded us that it’s never too late to release your inner child.

 

Words: Lizzie Griffin

Fault Magazine Guest Fashion Reporter Dougie Poynter Reviews Christopher Raeburn SS17 LCM Show

This LCM season FAULT Magazine have partnered up with McFly’s Dougie Poynter to add a new perspective to our LCM reporting. Dougie attended the Christopher Raeburn  LCM SS17 show and shares his thoughts on the collection below. Stay up to date with Dougie’s thoughts live by following him on twitter and Instagram.

 

You can never go wrong with mixing space and fashion in my books. I’m a huge fan of astrology and space exploration, so the theme of this show was totally up my street. Many of the items either had Astro like prints or some kind of nod to modern and old Russian space program suits.

For me the shorts were spot on length wise and cut as I like them – just half way on the knee.  The sound track included the new Radiohead song which I was totally stoked on.
All the usual suspects attended the show. Sadly I have no more Oliver Cheshire in pink speedo stories, but I did shaky handy with Mr Gandy 😉 .

The overall vibe was good, and wearable on a day to day basis. Peace!

 

Words: Dougie Poynter

 

LCM SS17, EDITOR’S PICKS: DAY TWO

Day 2 of LC:M featured the S/S ’17 collections of designers such as Qasimi, Pretty Green, Edward Crutchley and Tiger of Sweden. Below, FAULT’s Menswear Editor Kristine Kilty picks out her key looks from each of the aforementioned collections:
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Tiger of Sweden
Photography: Jon Payne
Edward Crutchley

Photography via Gio Staniano for NOWFASHION

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Fashion Editor: Kristine Kilty 

With thanks to Addison Lee for providing FAULT Staff with transport this season