Haute Music: Ag Ag Lady – Tracks are Disappearing

Ag Ag Lady’s most recent release, Tracks are Disappearing is a raucous, brashly loud collection of tracks that range from jarring in-your-face glitch fests to bouncy indie-dance dips with allover the place tempos.  From start to finish the album is a seamless sonic undulation that caroms about your aural cavities and sounds, or rather feels like it could be doing some permanent damage, but it’s not.  It didn’t seem to have intentions of hurting the ear, but the way Ag Ag Lady plays with volume without actually playing with volume posits an interesting side conversation.

The first track, This is the Sound, starts off slow with thinly spliced sheets of ambiance that gradually speed up and thicken as the track moves along and works in a spaced out bass line.  Moving forward, it careens into a profusion of layers, at once overbearing and simultaneously playful, a feeling that’s held up for the rest of the album diverting only to let in the more indie-dance tracks like, Tell Me Baby.  The song Love Affair was treated with a little bit of that indie-danceness with its oddly catchy auto-tuned melody over a tempo that starts out calm and breaks it’s way into a full on adrenaline rush.

There’s a general back and forth between more industrial sounds like in Run into the Wall and the ping-y video game sounds that begin The Other Side.  The vast sonic chasms created by going from clunky and metallic with booming bass to high-pitched glints of techno quirks contributes to that volume play he seems to be doing.  Moving from one end of the sound spectrum to another tricks the ear, which is the album in a nutshell; tyrannical ear tricks.

Article by: Kate Magoc

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Haute Around the World: London Fashion Week Recap

The second round of Fashion Week landed in London, with editors and ‘it’ girls hot on its tail. Kicking it all off was Matthew Williamson, who mixed things up with colour texture and print.  Starting with a striking over-sized woollen Aztec print coat, the collection moved to sculpted dresses and tailored trousers in amazing pops of colour, bringing life to any fall 2011 wardrobe. Embroidery, feathers and fur populated the second half bringing a luxurious feel to the collection.  The colour palette was toned down to grey, black, peach, lemon and icy blue with an occasional splash of yellow. A collection truly worthy of its showcase.

 

Erdem Fall 2011

 

Sunday arrived with the anticipated collections from Erdem, Burberry Prorsum, Christopher Kane, and Peter Pilotto. Erdem was pretty, classic and in rich deep hues. Classic Erdem floral prints came in sequins, velvet, silk, and lace in a number of different cuts and shapes.  The V neck was a clear theme with much of the collection featuring a plunging neckline. The collection was rich, powerful, and extremely wearable.

Burberry Prorsum Fall 2011

 

Through the true art of showmanship, the Burberry Prorsum Fall 2011 collection made its debut.  With a seemingly endless runway, the show fell under the watchful eyes of Rachel Bilson, Alexa Chung, Anna Wintour, Kate Bosworth and Mario Testino (all Burberry clad of course). The collection started with a pop of color with a tangerine sculpted coat and moved towards a mouth-watering watermelon colored bell bottomed coat with exposed pockets.  Chunky coats and heavy knit jumpers with toggle detailing were teamed with tremendously skinny trousers, which created an unlikely but beautiful silhouette. The primary colored Burberry rainbow fizzled out through checked tweed coats into the Burberry trench in natures favorites; tan, brown, khaki and beige then onto an angelic closing of the collection populated by sleek shapes and a mostly monochrome palette.  Fur met with patent leather on short bomber jackets and trimmed longer ‘bubble’ coats.  Delicate bows clinched ivory drenched waists on the most beautiful coats I have ever seen in my life.  Fur became the shoulder pads and bled down the arms to the cuffs, then there were the Macs.  In the shape of a classic Burberry Mac, yet with the texture of a winter coat – patterned ivory wool was finished with a bow around the waist and a fur hat.  The collection came to a close, through black and white checked tweet with the looser coats. Then came the finale. A magical winter wonderland exploded as Christopher Bailey’s creations took one more walk down the runway, ensuring the Burberry Prorsum Fall 2011 won’t be one we’ll be forgetting any time soon.

Peter Pilotto Fall 2011

Peter Pilotto’s fall 2011 collection had one main theme running through; Arabian nights gone posh.  Draping materials sagged around the neck and billowed in the breeze as the models strutted down the catwalk. Everything was loose with an earthy natural feel that appeared to be more SS11 as opposed to fall 2011. It was a nice enough collection with interesting cuts and tie-dye patterns but not something I would personally wear during the colder months.

 

Christopher Kane Fall 2011

Similar to Erdem, Christopher Kane highlighted the beauty of the V neck but mixed it up a little.  Jagged edged plastic straps filled with mixes of blue and green and pink and orange liquid, which resembled small snakes lying around the models necks, dipped low revealing elegant chests. All the while sprucing and sexing up what would usually be quite a simple dress.  A futuristic collection with Aztec feeling prints, sequins, chiffon, and plastic which brought sex appeal to the collection and shown Christopher Kane as the true artist that he is.

 

Marios Schwab Fall 2011

 

Marios Schwab – a man who donned a topknot even @OscarPRGirl would be proud of. A beautifully structured collection that shown the importance of a great cut around the neck and a nipped in waist.  Tuxedo style neckline dresses floated out against an overpoweringly white backdrop, in-between corset style dresses with sewn on Swarovski pearls, high-waisted trousers and shaped bubble coats. The collection was all about the detail which brought texture to a smooth, elegant collection.

Mulberry Fall 2011

 

Last but by no means least, is Mulberry. With a fairytale Fantastic Mr. Fox theme, the Mulberry show took place in the ballroom at Claridge’s, London.  Decorated with woodland scenery, giant toadstools, stuffed birds and drenches of foliage, the show began with Alexa Chung sitting front row.  The majority of the collection was very earthy, with muted colors including  beige, aubergine, khaki, grey, and hints of tan.  Then were the classic pops of color in deep plums and lilacs. Styles were classic mixed with contemporary, with quilted trench coats worn over dresses with a flouncy hem.  Jodhpur style trousers with knee boots, box pleated a line minis and culottes.  My favorite piece from the collection was the box pleat Mulberry purple print mini skirt worn with a simple lilac roll neck, classic yet young and playful.  The fashion world was alive with the amazing sound of Mulberry.

 

Article by: Jenni Fleet

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The Haute Spot: Delta House NYC

Hey New Yorkers! The newest Upper East Side Animal House inspired bar, Delta House is great for a night of drinking with a group of your friends. The frat friendly bar offers great deals for during the weekend, like the $10 unlimited draft beer deal that includes Coors Light, Budweiser, and Michelob Ultra. Snag that offer Thursdays through Saturdays from 5pm-10pm for happy hour beer guzzlers. Take your unlimited drafts over to one of the eight beer pong tables and show off your skills. Most recently written up in Time Out New York for “Best Group Drinking”, Delta House is definitely worth the trip. Delta House is located at 1683 First Avenue (Between 87th & 88th Street).

 

 

Check out Delta House on Twitter – @DeltaHouseNYC

Article by: Angela Samartano

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Haute Couple: Carmelo Anthony & La La Vazquez

The latest Haute Couple in New York is non other then the newest member of the New York Knicks, Carmelo Anthony and wife La La Vazquez. The new starting forward for the Knicks made the move to New York with his wife who will also be starring in her own Vh1 reality show, La La’s Full Court Life. The show is currently slated to premiere in August of this year.

 

This haute couple originally had their own series revolved around their wedding day, “La La’s Full Court Wedding”. To catch an encore of the finale, watch Vh1 on Sunday, February 27th at both 7pm and 11pm EST. Basketball star Carmelo Anthony is sure to play a major role within the series. With all the melo-drama over Mr. Anthony in New York lately, be sure to keep your eyes on this power couple throughout the city.

 

Article by: Angela Samartano

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Haute Music: Super8 & Tab debut in New York City

Trance DJs/Producers Super8 & Tab from Helsinki, Finland are set to make their NYC debut this Thursday February 24 at Cielo NYC. Miika Eloranta who aliases as Super8 and Janne Mansnerus, known as DJ Tab, took a break from perusing their individual careers in 2005 to form the partnership tag team. For their NYC debut, Super8 & Tab can be seen at Cielo, a vibrant space, offering a more intimate feel than your typical New York City Nightclub.

Working on their solo careers until joining forces in 2005, the Anjunabeats recording artists have worked alongside quite a few A-List DJs including Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, Above & Beyond and Ferry Corsten. The trance music duo are best known for their singles “Needs To Feel“, “Helsinki Scorchin“, “Elektra”, “Irufushi” and the 2010 releases “Black Is The New Yellow“, “Empire” and “Mercy” recorded with Jan Burton, and “My Enemy” featuring vocals by Julie Thompson. Also known for their hard-hitting club remixes, Super8 & Tab renditions may be heard amongnst Above & Beyond‘s “Oceanic“, Ferry Corsten‘s “Made Of Love” , Luminary’s Amsterdam”, Paul Van Dyk’s “New York City” and “Nothing But You“. Re-mastering the Above & Beyond club classic featuring Zoe JohnsonCan’t Sleep” in early 2011, Super8 & Tab are sure to supply Cielo with a well balanced set for their New York City debut. Advance Tickets are available for $15 through Made Event, a limited number will be available at the door.

 

Article by: Mark Mancino

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Music Monday: DJ Joe Zagame February Mix

Need a President’s Day pick me up? Check out the latest mix by DJ Joe Zagame of MarkJoseph DJs that will give you a reason to dance today. The New York native currently is one half of the Mark Joseph DJs collaboration. You can catch their music featured on the weekly online radio show, Utopic Sessions, which airs every Thursday through Joravers.com. Listen and comment on DJ Joe Zagame’s February 2011 mix. The track list includes the following songs, enjoy!

01. Cliff Coenraad – Booty Slam (Original Mix)
02. Orjan Nilsen – Agnus (Original Mix)
03. Conjure One Feat. Jaren – Like Ice (Marcus Schossow Remix)
04. Everything But The Girl – Missing (Greg Downey Remix)
05. Markus Schulz Feat. Dauby – Perfect (Funabashi Remix)

Article by: Angela Samartano

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Haute Looks: TopShop

UK correspondent Jenni Fleet tells us about an English girl’s obsession, TopShop.

For us in England, TopShop is every girl’s ‘go to’ when they need to add a little something to their wardrobe.  Each day, I click my bookmarked tab to see what is new in and what I’ll be adding to my basket.

The reason it works so well is that it appeals to us all.  It’s the first port of call if you need a basic jersey tee, or a Saturday night dress, and now more than anything – a place to stock up on some fantastic colored nail varnishes.

With collaboration collections from the likes of Christopher Kane, Stella Vine and model Kate Moss, TopShop successfully made their name as the leading high street brand.  For every girl in England a visit to London meant only one thing; TopShop Oxford Street. Covering five floors which house a nail bar, a hair salon and a cafe, it is every girl’s dream come true. The summer of 2009 seen TopShop open its ‘Manhattan style’ concept store in my city, Liverpool.  It is the second largest store in the country and houses a Kurt Geiger concession, a Scin beauty bar and it’s very own personal shopping experience. Sometimes I find myself aimlessly wandering around, indulging in the latest trends whether that be Snake Valley, Graduation or Swedish Summer that are the current trends running in store.

My obsession took full hold when I started working there part time while studying for my degree.  Every three months, we would get uniform allowance, with a breathtaking 60% off.  It was like Christmas come early every time! But it seems as though TopShop fever is certainly catching.  Since its debut in New York on April 2nd 2009, celebrities and ‘It girls’ alike have jumped on the TopShop bandwagon. City girl, Olivia Palermo can often be spotted mixing TopShop pieces in with designer, alongside Rihanna and Jessica Alba – and you can’t really blame them!  While consistently being on trend, they cater for everyone.  Skinny jeans may not be your thing, but you’re sure to find something else.  I’m a sucker for TopShop dresses.  Pastel colours, pretty lace, over the top florals and anything with a peter pan collar! Sir Phillip Green deserves a pat on the back!

Article by: Jenni Fleet

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Haute Looks: ShopBop Meets Sephora

As if we didn’t love ShopBop.com & Sephora enough on their own, the two are collaborating to mix fashion & beauty. Your favorite online shopping destination is debuting a SEPHORA COLLECTION Palette Color Play 5 in 1 limited-edition palette. ShopBop.com’s “Faces of Fashion” editorial look book will be the inspiration behind the palette. Perfect for any fashionista, it also comes with a portable mirror compact attached for on-the-go touch ups.

Five Color Play 5-in-1 palettes will be available for any type of look you are going for, including Classics Never Die for a saucy brown smoky eye, Boho Bombshell for dark blues, warm taupes & a touch of gold. For a bold look get brights blues, pinks, and purples in the A Nod to Mod palette. The Angelic Boudoir palette includes natural nudes, sands, as well as hints of fuchsia for a subtle pop of glamour.

 

Model wearing Black is the New Black palette

In my opinion, nothing looks better than a fierce smoky eye. For black smoky eye, the Black is the New Black palette is a great palette to make your eyes pop. On the market as of December 26, these versatile eye shadows are a steal retailing at $30.

Model in Classics Never Die palette

 

To promote the launch of the collaboration, both ShopBop.com & Sephora will co-sponsor a sweepstakes give contestants a chance to win a $2500 shopping spree at ShopBop. What girl could resist that? Click here for more info about the Faces of Fashion Sweepstakes!

Be sure to pick up your own Color Play 5-in-1 Palette on Sephora.com!

 

Article by: Angela Samartano

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