Jess Glynne Stuns on FAULT Magazine’s Online Cover

 

 

Dress: Julien Macdonald Earrings, rings, bracelet: Terry Schiefer Xinxin TSXX Shoes: Vivienne Westwood

Dress: Julien Macdonald
Earrings, rings, bracelet: Terry Schiefer Xinxin TSXX
Shoes: Vivienne Westwood

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.

Dress: Julien Macdonald Earrings, rings, bracelet: Terry Schiefer Xinxin TSXX Shoes: Vivienne Westwood

Dress: Julien Macdonald
Earrings, rings, bracelet: Terry Schiefer Xinxin TSXX
Shoes: Vivienne Westwood

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.

Dress: Julien Macdonald Earrings, rings, bracelet: Terry Schiefer Xinxin TSXX Shoes: Vivienne Westwood

Dress: Julien Macdonald
Earrings, rings, bracelet: Terry Schiefer Xinxin TSXX
Shoes: Vivienne Westwood

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.

 Jacket & Skirt: Thierry Mugler All Jewellery: Terry Schiefer Xinxin TSXX


Jacket & Skirt: Thierry Mugler at BOB Vintage 
All Jewellery: Terry Schiefer Xinxin TSXX

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.

Dress: E?thologie by Jasper Garvida Earrings & Necklace: Mawi Shoes: United Nude

Dress: Ethologie by Jasper Garvida
Earrings & Necklace: Mawi
Shoes: United Nude

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.

Dress: Natasha Zinko Earrings, necklace, rings & bracelet: Terry Schiefer Xinxin TSXX Shoes: Moda in Pelle

Dress: Natasha Zinko
Earrings, necklace, rings & bracelet: Terry Schiefer Xinxin TSXX
Shoes: Moda in Pelle

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

Retoucher: Melissa Jenkins

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

Sculpture – FAULT ONLINE EDITORIAL BY Tetsuya Maehara

 

 

Dress: Julien Macdonald

Dress: Julien Macdonald

Dress: Martine Jalgaard

Dress: Martine Jalgaard

Thasos white marble necklace in white leather and silver with Swarovski crystals: Ioanna Souflia

Thasos white marble necklace in white leather and silver with Swarovski crystals: Ioanna Souflia

Dress: Isabel Garcia

Dress: Isabel Garcia

Dress: Patrick Li

Dress: Patrick Li

Dress: Jule Waibel

Dress: Jule Waibel

 

Photography: Tetsuya Maehara

Stylist: Dawnn Lee Mitchell

Model: Hannah Johnson @ Storm Models

Hair: Atsushi Takita using by Bumble and bumble

Make Up: Naomi using by MAC

Story shot at: Cloud House Studios

 

FAULT MAGAZINE @ LFW – BACKSTAGE BEAUTY WITH CARLY HOBBS

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The second day of SS15 beauty looks did not disappoint. It was an early doors start at Julien MacDonald with a collection that was all lace, glitz and underwater-inspired glamour.

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Of course hair, make-up and tan all followed stylish suit. The standout part of the backstage beauty look was the glow done by Team St. Tropez headed up by the super cool, super lovely and super talented Nichola Joss. The Mermaid Gleam was created by working the brand spanking new – so new it’s not even out until March beauty fans – St. Tropez Self Tan Face Oil across the face. Then, buffed all over with a tanning mitt was St. Tropez Instant Tan Lotion in Medium/Dark, for an even, caramel-like tone. And finally once the instant tan was set, the luxe shimmer that is St. Tropez Luxe Dry Oil was slicked down the arms and legs as well as across the collar bone. So slick and so sexy, cannot wait to get in on the mermaid action next season.

 

This high gloss, high sheen tan was complimented by wet look L’Oreal Paris Professional and James Pecis, hair, swept back to the nape of the neck and then left to flow out. And Val Garland added gold eyes, which were built up using L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Gold Mania Eyeshadow. Talk about underwater love.

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Over at Orla Kiely, the Flower Power make-up was done by Attracta Courtney for Bourjois. A modern take on the 60s floral vibe it featured the most beautiful doll like eyes, with a whole lotta lashes. And how did she do it? Using the new Bourjois Volume Glamour Push Up Mascara in Black. The lower lashes got an extra layer of mascara for a full on Twiggy finish.

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And finally over to House of Holland. Hair was all ‘Run Waves’, done by Adam Reed using the GHD Curve – a hot new range of waving tongs and wands from the iconic brand FYI. It was all out sexy, confident, slutty and generally with the groupie vibe, ‘On the list? She wrote the list.’ Love. Make-up was all 70s backstage girl using a whole lot of silver Mac glitter and thick but slick black eyeliner. Full-on fabulous-ness. And of course the tan was pretty special aka a dusty, powdered, semi-matte glow again done by Nichola Joss and her St. Tropez tan team. Henry wanted his model’s tan to look like she was an old school hippie who’d been hitchhiking to Woodstock, naked. And that’s what he got thanks to skin prep with two layers of St. Tropez Instant Tan Lotion in Medium/Dark, then the brand’s Instant Tan buffed over the top using a mitt. And finally a large blusher brush was used to sweep St. Tropez Powder Bronzer Matte over the shoulders and the tops of the arms. Glow to go.

 

-Carly Hobbs (Instagram – Twitter)

Ameriie – exclusive interview and photoshoot for FAULT Online

 

American-Korean artist Amerie Mi Marie Rogers first hit the airwaves back in 2002 with ‘All I Have’ – although it was 2005’s ‘1 Thing’ that really pushed her to international prominence, reaching number 8 in the Billboard Hot 100 and number 4 in the UK.  Fast forward to 2014: the name is now Ameriie (spot the extra ‘i’), and she’s back with a bang.

After a few years experimenting with different musical styles, Ameriie has been keeping a beady eye on the pop industry in recent times. New single ‘What I Want’ is a punchy, 80’s inspired song that feels right at home in today’s music climate. With a plethora of different projects on the way, both within music and outside of it, she found time to chat to FAULT about her new single and plans going forward.  ‘What I Want’ is available as a lyric video on YouTube now, while Cymatika Vol. 1 and Because I Love It 2 are the next projects to look forward to. FAULT Online got an insight into Ameriie’s creative process in this exclusive London interview:

 

Dress : Julien MacDonald Earrings: Maria Black

Dress : Julien MacDonald
Earrings: Maria Black

 

FAULT: What have you been up to in the last 5 years?

Ameriie: The last 5 years I’ve been constantly creating new music, it’s something I always do. I was recording for Cymatika, which is Part 1 of a Trilogy, that I’ll be releasing in the future and also simultaneously recording songs for BILI [Because I Love It] 2.

I’ve been recording songs, writing and co-producing as well – and then depending on the sound of the song, that dictates which project the song will be landing on because Cymatika has a very distinctive sound, sonically it’s very tight. BILI 2 has a certain sound as well, but the sound is not as extremely specific as Cymatika is.

I’ve been doing that, and I’ve also been writing – because when I was younger, I used to write little short stories and I would staple them together and make little books and newsletters and see if neighbours would buy them, which some of them did because they were very nice!

 

How does it feel to be releasing music, and what made you decide that now was the right time?

Whenever I’m about to release a new album, I usually feel like a new artist, maybe because I’m constantly creating and so I’m always used to hearing it and I usually keep a lot of the music to myself. I don’t really give it out or play it for a lot of people, it’s just something I create and put away and so it’s kind of the first time people are really hearing it because it’s not like I play it for a lot of my friends, everything feels very fresh.

It feels like the right the right time because both projects are close to being complete.

 

The single What I Want is a your lead single – what made it the choice for your first single, and is that indicative of the sound we can expect to hear from you on future music?

It came about because my husband who produced the record, he really knows what I love and gravitate towards. I love percussions and break beats, so he had the idea and I loved it and so he ended up creating the track and I was like ‘wow this is really great!’

It’s a bit of a departure for me because for the most part I’ve been recording these new songs, creating the track around the melody, coming up with the melody, lyrics and everything, so in this instance, it was amazing!

The song took a long time – sometimes I can create a song in literally 5 minutes and it just comes but you never know if that will be the case. In this instance it took 8 months because I didn’t want to force it. I never sat down and said ‘it’s time to write the song and let’s just do this’, it had to be organic, it had to come to me, I didn’t want to think about it, and I wanted it to be driven very much by feeling and nothing cerebral. One day the pieces really started falling together and it just came.



Black Leotard: Reckless Wolf Coat: Daniel Pillott

Black Leotard: Reckless Wolf
Coat: Daniel Pillott

 

What kind of music have you particularly been listening to and do you feel that’s changed since you first started out?

No I pretty much listen to the same music, the thing about it is I don’t actually listen to a lot of music – and when I do listen to music, I tend to get into a zone and I listen to the same few songs over and over.

I love Kanye’s music, I really enjoyed his ‘Yeezus’ album – I wouldn’t say it necessarily inspired this project but I think everything is an inspiration…whether it’s television, films, paintings, music, books…just ideas.

I’m inspired a lot by things that aren’t usually related to what I’m doing, to me this was more of an aura of energy and I was inspired a lot by human energy of the frantic sort. I did a lot of running, and a lot of exercising while I was listening to it –I’ve really been listening lately to Lorde, Lana Del Ray, Kanye and lots of instrumentals, Hans Zimmerman, a lot of scores.

 

Do you feel the music industry for you has changed since you began?

I think everything changes. I think that right now it’s a great time because there’s so many opportunities. I think the mixing of genres, as far as in the music we listen to is so much more open to different genres. Mixing genres isn’t strange, and you have people that listen to Taylor Swift and Lorde, who also listen to Kanye and they listen to everything.

I can appreciate that – I think that’s changed a bit – but I think that’s not just music, I think it’s just what happens with the world, it’s globalisation. People in NY are eating sushi and people in LA are eating Ethiopian food and we’re all enjoying everyone’s culture, and that includes music, food, film, clothing and style. There’s less division with people now, which I think is good, and an appreciation of different things.

 

Black Leotard: Reckless Wolf Coat: Daniel Pillott Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Black Leotard: Reckless Wolf
Coat: Daniel Pillott
Shoes: Christian Louboutin

 

Is there anyone you would want to collab with in the future?

Doing something with Kanye [West] would be really cool, I really have a lot of respect for him as an artist. I hear what he’s doing and I feel like, without speaking to him about it, I know where he’s coming from artistically and so I feel a certain kinship with him, sonically with the things he puts together so he’s someone I would like to work with.

 

What do you feel the future holds for Ameriie (both musically and also outside of that)?

I’m just riding the wave. I look forward to everything that life has in store for me and I’m in a really great place, and I’m open.

Leotard: Zeynup Kartal

Leotard: Zeynep Kartal

What is your FAULT?

I’ve got better at it but  one of the things I’ve always struggled with is that I’m a perfectionist and a lot of that has to do with my personality. I’m a little OCD, certain things will bother me if they’re not in the right place.

Recently I’ve realised that everything does not have to be perfect. You can be as precise as you want when you’re creating a song or you’re designing something, but you have to accept that everything will always be imperfect because we’re human beings.

Now I strive for things to be perfect in their imperfection. As an artist, you have to know when to stop. You can continue to do something over and over again, do a vocal over and over again, over think something, a video treatment, anything – and sometimes that can stagnant and stall you, and you have to know when to let it go.

Ameriie on the web: Twitter/ Facebook/ YouTube

Photography: Miles Holder – www.milesholder.com

Words: Kevin Lyster

Styling: A+C Studio

Grooming: Patricia Obaro Odje

London Fashion Week: Day 2 Highlights

Day 2 started with a safari adventure in the heart of London courtesy of Orla Kiely. The presentation, set in an artists studio comprised of animal prints and preppy accessories. The presentation finale saw all the looks coming together under a troop banner surrounded by the famously intricate prop designs from Kiely.

Orla Kiely

Orla Kiely

Next to take over the Courtyard Show Space was Holly Fulton, renowned for use of bold colour and prints she didn’t disappoint. Models walked  down the catwalk past two printed monoliths, complimenting the array of 70’s inspired prints on show.

Holly Fulton

Holly Fulton

Julien Macdonald lived up to expectations delivering a glamourous array of evening gowns complete with risky cutouts and sheer panelling. The collection is sure to be worn down many a red carpet next summer.

Julien Macdonald

Julien Macdonald

David Koma brought his sharp lines and bold silhouettes to the catwalk at Somerset House with a primarily monochrome collection punctuated by stabs of blue and nude tones. A crowd pleasing show and one of my favourites from the day.

David Koma

David Koma

Whilst the David Koma show was unfolding the Markus Lupfer presentation was taking place at Goldsmiths Hall. Squeezing his audience in to a teenage girls bedroom, lupfer once again showed that printed layering was a season must-have.

Markus Lupfer

Markus Lupfer

Next up was the more than eagerly awaited J.W Anderson show. The designer of the moment and most sort after collaborator around brought geometric shapes and angular cutoffs to the catwalk using his now trademark traits of origami-esque folds and copious amounts of leather.

J.W Anderson

J.W Anderson

Glitter and sparkle have long been staples of Ashish and this seasons collection didn’t disappoint. Armed with sequinned shopping bags models walked down the catwalk to disco sounds such as 1 Thing by Amerie wearing various layered slogan-sampling designs. Model of the moment Chloe Norgaard was amongst the line up, her glittering green hair fitting the show perfectly.

Ashish

Ashish

House of Holland attracted a particularly star studded front row playing host to the likes of Harry Styles, Alexa Chung and Fault Favourite Ellie Goulding amongst others. It must therefore have been somewhat of a relief that his show went down so well, bright colours, bold prints and flattering shapes all came together perfectly to form another of the days best shows.

House of Holland

House of Holland

My final show of the day was the eagerly awaited Mark Fast who had taken nostalgic inspiration from the not so conventional sunrise. The sunrise seen by ravers and club-goers of the 90’s as it was “reflected on staticky television screens”. Bold hair and makeup complimented the fierce designs, many of which featuring cutouts and sheer detailing.

Mark Fast

Mark Fast