FAULT Favourite: The Hot Child jeans – a uniquely designed product specifically for men

 

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If jeans were people then we might have just made a new best friend. The Hot Child (or THC for short) label name comes across as a mix between a chilled out ’70s Cali groover and a dangerously trendy NY noughties chick. Suffice to say that this was love at first sight.

The jeans brand, founded by Octavio Silva this year (2014), is stylish, sophisticated and surprisingly personal in its approach. The Ft Lauderdale, Florida resident clearly cares about each individual product and the way his products fit and generally interact with each of his customers. Of course, part of that is synonymous with owning and operating a brand still in its infancy, but Octavio’s evangelising of his product and eagerness to see each set of jeans go to a happy home transcends a simple self-preservation business instinct.

It may have something to do with the founding principle of THC – the all-too obvious yet previously disregarded notion that perhaps, just perhaps, someone should design a pair of jeans with the male physique in mind. After all, we’ve all heard the horror stories about how tight-fitting and skinny jeans can affect fertility in men. When one really sits down and thinks about, it’s simply mind-boggling that no-one has previously thought about creating a product like the one that Octavio and THC have now pioneered.

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With patents pending internationally, THC are set to go big in the next 2-3 years. The brand is quirky, cool, and original. The playful, tongue-in-cheek JUNK tag complements the brand’s USP: its specially designed pouch in the front to hold a man’s…erm…manhood in perfect comfort. On top of all that, this is a company that cares. In a world were so-called ‘ethical’ brands are now two a penny, THC opts not to adopt the term as a label. They prefer to let their actions speak louder than words:

- A stylish product that celebrates individual body shape and prioritises individual comfort and health.

- A commitment to plant a tree for every product sold.

- An information email and follow-up contact for every customer served.

These are the sorts of things ‘ethical fashion labels’ talk about doing, while THC actually does them.

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THC’s first design, DANK, is already a sell-out success – although you can still purchase sets of their second product run via their website here – and, needless to say, a firm FAULT Favourite. We love everything about this product, right the way through from the unique design to its 98% cotton, 2% lycra selvage material. The buttons on the fly ‘pocket’ or ‘pouch’ are beautifully crafted – as indeed is the finishing all over. When these jeans turn heads, you know that it’s just as much because of their superlative quality as for their idiosyncratic design.

Now that we’ve had a chance to think about it, if jeans were people then THC probably wouldn’t be your best friend. They’d be your lover. Now head on over to www.thehotchild.com to get your hands on THC’s Junk!*

* N.B: If you can’t handle the homosexual connotations of this joke then these jeans probably aren’t for you – because you need to grow a pair!

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All images courtesy of THC

Zara Martin – exclusive Focus section cover shoot for FAULT Issue 18

 

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Zara Martin was shot in London by photographer Paul Whitfield and styled by Rachel Holland exclusively for the internal Focus section cover of FAULT Issue 18
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FAULT Issue 18 Focus section cover star Zara Martin never misses a VIP party. In fact, she’s usually the one who keeps it going all night when she’s spinning the tunes from behind the decks for the international glitterati crowd. Zara is also a model and TV presenter and you’ll often spot her on red carpet style lists or sitting on the front row at fashion week presentations with her countless celebrity friends, including Tali Lennox, Caroline Flack and Miquita Oliver. For FAULT’s RAW issue, we looked underneath the glamour with Zara to discuss her hidden talents, charity work and what her younger self wouldn’t believe about her now.

FAULT: Which came first: your modelling or DJing?

Zara: I started doing some work for MTV back in the day when there weren’t so many girl DJs. So it was the music connection that helped with the DJing but I’ve always had a model agency. I’m not super tall so I never did any catwalk stuff, more commercial work, so all the cool opportunities came from the DJing. The shows that I do on TV are mostly fashion or music based as well.

It’s slightly strange that my first job was given to me by Al Gore. It was really random.

So you’re a model, a DJ, a TV presenter and you’re creating a line of headphones… do you have any hidden talents?

Well, I’m working on doing some acting at the moment. I went to drama school before I got into all of this but I never finished it. So in my spare time I’m taking classes and auditioning. I’ll be in LA for pilot season and I’ve just got the trailer through for a short film I worked on with Director Wayne Che Yip called Toledo. I have an American accent in it and it’s all really weird. It’s based on a Charles Bukowski poem called ‘For The Foxes’.

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Interview by Olivia Pinnock

What new music are you really pushing at the moment?

I’ve liked Angel Haze for a really long time and it seems like she’s just blowing up at the moment [Ed: FAULT Online featured her recently]. So I’m like ‘see I told you!’ I really like her, she’s just wicked.

Other than that, I love it when acts collaborate and do something a little different like the Iggy Azalea/Charli XCX track ‘Fancy’ is amazing and it kind of reminds me of old Gwen Stefani. I still love The Weeknd, he does this cover of XO by Beyoncé that’s really good!

There are so many good artists about at the moment. It’s hard to pick just one. ..

You also manage to fit in time to be an ambassador for Women for Women International

Women for Women are the most incredible organisation. I met Brita [Fernandez Schmidt], who’s the chairwoman in the UK, and I immediately vibed with her. You know when you just meet someone with such pure energy you just have to know more about them? She’s so inspirational. Every time I see her I feel like I’m not doing enough! So I wanted to get involved. At the moment we’re just working out the best way and I’m trying to get some younger people involved in the organisation and hopefully we’ll be doing some events this year. You’ll be hearing more about it soon.

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What advice would you give your younger self?

Stop messing around and do some work! I wasted a lot of time in night clubs but I have no regrets. I don’t like to live my life like that.

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FAULT ‘Sounds of 2014′ feature in Issue 18 – Alpines and Marie Naffah

 

FAULT Magazine Issue 18 - Our Sounds of 2014 section, opened by Ella Eyre, also features the impressively talented duo Alpines and MTV’s Unsigned Artist of 2014 winner Marie Naffah.

Alpines released their debut album entitled Oasis via their own label, Untrue Records, in late May. In the midst of writing and producing Oasis, they discussed their journey so far with us at FAULT – from meeting at a wedding back in 2009, to touring with Florence and the Machine, to now releasing their own record. 

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Photography & Interview by Miles Holder
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FAULT: As a fairly new band you’ve shot straight to touring, supporting some big names including Florence and the Machine. Was it hard to stay focussed on your own album?


Catherine:
In the last 4 years we’ve constantly been learning at a fast pace but you have to stay grounded and true to your vision to keep living in the industry.
Bob: There have been a lot of ups and downs in the last few years just getting to this point. Although it’s only our first record it feels like we’ve come such a long way.

What is your FAULT?


Bob:
I’m impatient, and I know I am but I just can’t do anything about it.
Catherine: I’m a bit of a workaholic I can’t switch off. I think that’s part of being a creative.

 

Check out Alpines brand new single – ‘Zero’ – for which the video was just unveiled today! ‘Zero’ is Alpines’ 7th single and their third from the Oasis album:

Marie Naffah is currently riding high on the success from winning MTV’s Unsigned Artist of 2014. She describes the experience as ‘surreal’ as she tries to ‘define’ her musical style. However the young musician appears grounded and has a clear strategy for progressing in the shark-tank that is the music industry so we’ll continue to watch for the remainder of 2014 and beyond…

Get the full shoot and interview – only in FAULT Issue 18. Click here to order your copy for delivery worldwide!

Get the full shoot and interview – only in FAULT Issue 18.
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FAULT: What is your FAULT?

Marie: I think when people meet me they expect me to be all made up and in heels but I’m not that kind of gal and it throws people off

 

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Ariana Grande and FAULT Issue 15 star Big Sean release new track, ‘Best Mistake’

So, FAULT Issue 15 Music cover star Big Sean is at it again! Check him out on this new track by 21 year old singing sensation Ariana Grande: ‘Best Mistake’.

 

 

Here’s the shot of the Detroit-born rapper with model Elle Evans in FAULT issue 15 that went viral as soon as it was published. Sean split from his girlfriend at the time, Naya Rivera, shortly afterwards…

 

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Big Sean was shot by Steven Gomillion & Dennis Leupold (GNL Studios) and styled by April Roomet exclusively for the Music section cover of FAULT Issue 15
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STROMAE – Exclusive shoot for FAULT Issue 18

 

FAULT Magazine Issue 18 – the RAW Issue features Belgian solo artist Stromae.  Stromae first burst onto the scene in 2010, when his trackAlors On Danse’ caught the attention of everyone from Kanye and Will.iam to Anna Wintour and Nicolas Sarkozy.  

Photographer WOLAND and styling team A+C STUDIO photographed Stromae on location at DISCO Club, London.

The Belgian solo artist has a strong belief in the notion that there are two sides to every story. In Stromae’s case, the attention-grabbing visuals and catchy club beats of his music occasionally overshadow the other side to his personal story: that of a sharp, inquisitive and sensitive young writer and composer.

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All Clothing by Mosaert (Stomae’s own fashion label.)

 

FAULT: Your music has tackled homelessness (‘Formidable’), absent fathers (‘Papaoutai’) and STDs (‘Moules Frites’). What first compelled you to write about such harsh issues?


Stromae: 
That’s life. I think that to hide these issues is the worst solution. I was never concerned with music that was just about having fun. That’s great but it’s not my life; my life has always had problems, I just prefer to dance on them.

In light of the success of modern hip-hop artists like Drake and Frank Ocean, do you find it’s easier for male rappers to show a sensitive side and to tell a story beyond the swag and braggadocio?

Yeah I think it’s much easier than before. For me, it’s thanks to people like Kid Cudi – the people who crossed that line between hip-hop and dance music. They come from the same family but in Belgium that was a really different line to cross. If you were doing hip-hop you couldn’t be carrying a skateboard but people like Kid Cudi, Technotronic and Snap! just changed that.

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Interview by Will Ballantyne-Reid

There are many dualities in your music- the puppets in ‘Papaoutai’, the cross-dressing in ‘Tous Les Me?mes’. Was this a conscious decision?

I love telling two sides of a story, and really I find it difficult to have just one opinion! I like to hear what other people think and see both sides. Obviously my vision will always be a part of my songs but I like to keep a certain degree of openness- I don’t want it to be all about me. I don’t think that my life is that interesting!

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What is your FAULT?

That’s a difficult question because I can always find a way to make something out of my faults [laughs]! One of my faults in the past has been not composing when I’m on tour.

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Alexa Goddard announces new single ‘So There’

We featured her back in May as a FAULT Future artist and now budding superstar Alexa Goddard has well and truly come into her own with the release of this lyric video for her upcoming single, ‘So There’:

 

The amazingly catchy tune has set the standard for Alexa’s highly anticipated debut album, which will be the first of an expected 5 album deal with Roc Nation. Jay Z and the team at Roc Nation identified Alexa as a rising star after the singer accumulated over 43million views on YouTube and sold over 250,000 records as an independent artist.
To read more from Alexa on her incredible story – and see all the shots from our exclusive photoshoot for FAULT Online back in Spring - click HERE
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Photo by Miles Holder with styling by A + C Studio exclusively for FAULT Online

FAULT Issue 13 star John Legend announces UK tour as ‘All of Me’ reaches 1 million digital sales

John Legend was shot by Miguel Starcevich and styled by Avo Yermagyan for FAULT Issue 13

John Legend was shot by Miguel Starcevich and styled by Avo Yermagyan for FAULT Issue 13

Contemporary soul phenomenon and FAULT Issue 13 star John Legend continues to belt out hits after 10 years at the pinnacle of the music industry. His latest success sees his heart-stoppingly beautiful recent single, ‘All of Me’ break another personal best in the UK.

After already being classified as a Platinum Single in the UK, the news that ‘All of Me’ has hit a combined sales mark of  1,015,582 in the digital sphere makes it John’s most popular UK single to date, eclipsing even seminal classics such as ‘Used to Love U’, ‘Ordinary People’ and ‘Green Light’. The figure was reached after the song was downloaded 804,500 times and streamed over 21.1 million times since its release, with the latter equivalent to 211,082 downloads. The news itself follows on from announcement that ‘All of Me’ reached #1 in the US and #2 in the UK charts – both record positions for John.

John, who covers our Music section insideFAULT Issue 13, recently announced dates for his upcoming tour of the UK this October:

John Legend – UK tour October ’14 – dates:

Monday 06 – O2 Apollo Manchester
Tuesday 07 – Newcastle City Hall
Thursday 09 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Friday 10 – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Sunday 12 – Birmingham NIA
Monday 13 – London Eventim Apollo Hammersmith

‘Hate Me #ILoveYou ‘ – Behind the Scenes of this exclusive editorial for FAULT Issue 18

Get behind the scenes of Roger Weiss’ shoot, ‘Hate Me #I Love You’ – exclusively for FAULT Issue 18: The RAW Issue. The backstage video for ‘Hate Me #I Love You’ was shot by Andrea Todaro and the editorial was styled by Diana Andreea.

For more Behind the Scenes footage and fashion exclusives, visit our FAULT Film page
…and you can also check out some shots from the editorial inside the issue below:
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‘Hate me # I love you’ showcases designs by Paul Smith, Calvin Klein, Costume National, Christopher Kane & more. Special Thanks to Studio Soldano.

 

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