Thursday, 26 February 2009

Shockwaves NME Awards: Part Two

I got a little snap-happy last night so here are the rest of the pics. After leaving the awards we went on to the Notting Hill Arts Club to watch Glasvegas and those pics are here too.

Alfie Allen takes to a chair

Charlie Brooker

The Big Pink give me the finger

Supermodel Irina Lazareanu! My favourite model of all time and this computer's screensaver! And she has a Romanian background-we have lots in common (well, I like to think so, anyway!)

Me and a mass of 'Curealike'

Glasvegas' set list

Moi, Jon 'the Rev' McClure and NME photographer extraordinaire James Quinton


The Shockwaves NME Awards: Part One

I was invited to attend the Shockwaves NME Awards last night and had just slightly too much fun! After a brief catch up with red carpet attendees (and laughing at Leigh Francis’ jokes) it was off to the table to catch a pew and have a stomach-lining burger. I was happy to find myself between the charming Patrick Wolf and model Alice Dellal. The lovely Jaimie Winstone and Alfie Allen struck a striking couple opposite and seemed in great spirits all night.

Patrick was telling me about his new album (just completed) and about his fashion inspirations. The incredible jacket he is wearing is by Ada Zanditon, a great structural designer with a lot of flair. I managed to tune-down my fashion radar and crank up the inner ear to catch the great bands who performed throughout: Elbow were especially good, Graham Coxon and Damon Albarn (whom, I am ashamed to say I inappropriately accosted later on, thrusting kisses upon he and Alex James!) performed and Florence and the Machine teamed up with Glasvegas (to sing ‘Suspicious Minds’). Another highlight of the evening was LaRoux and Franz Ferdinand’s performance of Blondie’s ‘Call Me.’ After all this musical excitement, the reason, of course, that we were all there, it was time to go for a casual wander around the tables to see who was about and, in my case, thrust my little Canon (and, inadvertently my wardrobe-malfunctioned breasts) in famous faces at every opportunity!

Later, we dangerously danced atop tables and chairs to get a better glimpse of the Cure who received the ‘Godlike Genius’ Award. What can I say? Cool wine, hot bands; it was a recipe for fun.

Indie-rock Batman and a female Robin

Alexa and her insignificant but now famous coldsore

Oh my goodness Nicola from Girls Aloud (she's wearing Preen)

Alex from Franz Ferdinand


Pixie shows me her tights and I am forced to look at her legs. Not fair.

Mr Tim Burton

The legend that is Grace Jones

Henry and Pixie

Glastonbury's daddy Mike Eavis

Patrick and his beautiful PR

Alice Dellal and Pixie G

Brandon Flowers (in another fabulous animal jacket)

Micquita Chicita Oliver

Patrick Wolf

Doing Gaga poses

Pretty in pink: Jaimie Winstone

Me and a cheerful Peaches

My gorgeously stylish friend Leoni

Sitting pretty as a Pixie (right: Alfie Allen)

La Roux and Franz perform

Me and Sarah Harding (I don't think she's a 'caner' London Lite, she didn't even seem drunk to me...)

Lovely Little Boots in Matthew Williamson

Designer darling Henry Holland

La Roux (contrasting patterns-yum yum!)

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

A/W '09 LFW Day 4: Mulberry Party

The last time I was in Mulberry for a non-shopping-related venture, it was to watch Hot Chip perform at a party last year. For the celebration of the label's current collection, Mulberry (bravely!) invited everyone back-they moved the stock this time though: sticky fashion fingers last time perhaps?

Music was provided by the Friendly Fires. The boys were very good, they even managed to rouse the usually motionless fashion crowd enough to make some of them dance. DJ's included Mike Pickering, Hugo Heathcote and Ronnie Joice.

There was an intentional scarab beetle infestation in-store and when goodie-bags failed materialise; guests began to rip their glistening carcasses from the make-shift walls. This was both satisfying and most useful for scaring folk by putting them in their beds later (mwah ha ha).

We stared at: each other, Bob Geldof and Will Young

We munched: delicious pea tartlets, vodka jelly and caramel-glazed profiteroles by deWintons

We wanted: to go home to bed after a few too many yummy Create cocktails!

We went to bed with: lots of sparkly insects and a couple of essential Paracetamol

A glamorous girl in Hannah Marshall

Hannah Marshall and me

Kirsty Smith, lovely girlfriend of Mike Pickering and owner of a bag I sorely need in my life

Ha! Think I got away without anyone seeing me steal that beetle!

I eat beetles for breakfast

Hat lovers of the world unite

Glam crowd trying to keep from dancing

It looks like someone tried to extinguish Friendly Fires-oh, wait

Set list

Ronnie and Saz 'ello sailor

Jacquetta Wheeler, model extraordinaire-this is the exact shade of blonde I am reaching for