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Designer Jamie Wei Huang’s SS18 collection, “Dew”, was inspired by the fragmented recounting and retelling of personal experience. It was a concept drawn from Huang’s reflection on her own traditional Taiwanese culture, and captured by the beautiful, hesitantly accumulative piano piece which instigated her show.

 

The story began in stripes. Blues, pinks and greens growing in depth and vivacity with each piece, a gradual solidifying of colours to correlate that of re-emerging memory; the punctuation of bold reds, yellows and cobalt in the shoes and accessories, providing those colourful splashes of certainty which continue to emerge throughout the collection.

Huang’s Spring/Summer designs favour easy-fit clothing; wedding dresses and jumpsuits tying into her signature style of elongated silhouettes with a focus on creating contemporary fashion for the modern woman.

Wedding Dresses

The concept of construction was apparent in the rough-cut hems, sewn on pockets and undisguised use of zips, drawstrings and metallic rings which both decorated the pieces and acted as functional elements of the designs.

Creative cut-outs were another standout feature, with gaping knees and bare-backed jackets building on the impression of fragmented recollection, while asymmetric designs alluded to the inevitable incompleteness of memory.

Denim-look fabrics, and the brave contrasting of colour-block socks with easy slip-on sandals concluded the collection with a sense of layered individuality, promoting self-expression through contemporary fashion.

Originally from Taiwan, Huang graduated from Central Saint Martins College in London in 2012, launching her designer label Jamie Wei Huang to great critical acclaim in 2013; winning both the “Designer For Tomorrow” award, and the “Elle talent Award” for her AQ14 collection. Huang’s designs are now sold internationally in luxury retailers such as Harvey Nichols, Dover Street Market, David Jones Sydney and mimma ninni.

Words: Scarlett Sangster | Fashion Week Press | @scarlettgracehs

Images: Rosemary Pitts |Fashion Week Photographer|@rosemarypitts

Becky Hill has been a busy pop star of late, impressing crowds at her sold out headline show at London's Scala and championing the airwaves with her new single 'Rude Love'.

The video follows Becky as she belts out the lyrics "you don't show me no love anymore" through an abandoned building, relying on dark colours and smart lighting for a stand-out sultry video.

Produced by MNEK and Dmitri Tikovoi, the track is heavily championed by BBC Radio 1Xtra, Annie Mac, MistaJam and more. There's certainly no stopping this firehouse singer and with  several live performances later this year - we can't wait to see what she'll do next!

Watch the video for 'Rude Love' below:

Words: Corrie Parris

She's shit hot and we love her. We love her new video for Venus Fly just as much.

Multi-media recording artist and producer Grimes shares the official video for 'Venus Fly.' The video, directed and edited by Grimes, also features Janelle Monáe. 'Venus Fly' is now live on Grimes' YouTube; watch the video here: http://smarturl.it/VenusFlyYT

"We used the Phantom cameras to create a feeling of time suspended," said Grimes of the inspiration behind the video.

'Venus Fly' is taken from Grimes' critically-adored album 'Art Angels' (4AD) which had prime placement on basically every End of Year list. Last year, Grimes toured the album, selling out venues and headlining festivals across the world.

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The multi talented Raleigh Ritchie has turned his hand to directing in this new exciting venture. Teaming with Topman, Raleigh has directed his short film Hi Maintenance, which he wrote and scored based on the song "Cowards", from his incredible album 'You're A Man Now, Boy'.

TOPMAN TV and Raleigh have enlisted the help of their trusty fans to be a part of this unique creative project, which focuses on the highs and lows of a relationship. The six minute short film showcases Raleigh's talents as both a director and actor, adding to his flourishing CV of talents.

Watch below:

Words: Corrie Parris

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WJ Meets .. Poté

Hi Poté, for those who aren’t familiar with you as an artist, describe yourself and your sound?

I’m someone who loves to experiment and learn new ways to express myself. Currently through co-directing my videos, comings up with artwork ideas, writing poetry/lyrics and more. My sound is a blend of cultures I pick up from wherever I go and listening to a range of music from all over the world, mixed with the love for African percussion and drums in general. Some call it electronica, which is as broad and undefined as it gets really. So I’ll just stick with electronica as well.

Who musically has influenced your sound?

A lot of artists over the years have influenced my sound, from James Blake, SBTRKT, Radiohead to Kanye West, Kojey Radical and Jimmy Edgar. It’s usually about finding little things you love about what people do, adapting and play around with it until you make it your own, then build and build.

Talk us through your writing process from start to finish?

My writing process really differs every couple of months depending on influences I’m picking up and learning from people. Some tracks start with just a word or poem and builds from the feeling I get from them, like Red Moon. Other start with just a drum loop, like Katz.

I usually write all on my own. On some tracks like Fall for example, I’d write the entire beat and some lyric ideas out, then have a session with another artist to help finish the track if it needs it.

Is there anyone in the UK you’d love to work with?

Without a doubt, Wretch 32. I’ve got some tracks I think he’d honestly really like. He’s one of those people I’d just like to play music to and chat about whatever, not necessarily work on anything.

How does the studio compare to live performances?

Studio life is a lot more relaxed and free flowing for me, I love them both but my favorite thing in the world is writing a new track that I‘m really happy with. For that period in time, you’re the only one that’s ever heard it, It’s a great feeling. Live is really exciting though, a completely different energy to writing music in a studio, giving tracks a new life.

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You’ve been heavily championed on Radio 1, how does it feel to be supported by names like Annie Mac, Huw Stephens, Toddla T, MistaJam and more?

Honestly, very honoured. I have nothing but love for these guys, they are bombarded with music on a daily basis and for them to not just play it once, but on a weekly basis is humbling. I feel a lot of love for them, and everyone else supporting whatever I do.

What would you like people to take away from your music?

Enjoyment mainly, but also there’s a deeper level to things. Co-directing my videos and coming up with my artwork allows me room to convey that deeper side to the music, there are going to be many different things I want people to take away in future, but for Over the Water the main message is to believe in yourself and be unapologetically you.

What’s the plan for the rest of the year?

I’ve got my follow-up EP to Over the Water coming out later on this year, which features a lot more of my own voice, as well as Kojey Radical and Carmody.

And a few live shows, which I’m really excited about, and some video/artwork ideas for the follow up EP that I can’t wait to begin working on."

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Poté’s  Over The Water EP is out July 15th via The Full Hundred.

Words: Corrie Parris