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Every Friday, we will be delivering some of the best songs the week has had to offer, with the all new Who's Jack Friday Feeling playlist. For the inaugural selection, we picked out some real gems that you would appreciate. Dizzee Rascal took us back to his Bow, E3 days with the Tchaikovsky-sampled Nutcracker featuring Giggs. Amsterdam-based R&B singer Mar delivered another sultry track with Not Like Here, ahead of the release of his forthcoming EP. SNAKEHIPS are fast becoming one of the best acts the UK currently has to offer, especially after the release of their EP.  The title track Forever (Pt. II) featuring Kaleem Taylor, another inclusion this week, offers a funky vibe with some 80's inspired vocals. It's always good to share some untapped talent as well and Léks Rivers is one of our choices. The London-based singer-producer has received props from the likes of Pigeons & Planes and Huw Stephens. Last week, he shared his brand new track 'Nubian', which has a cool vibe with endearing harmonies. Other choices included Tei Shi's tranquil Go Slow, Trey Songz' Slow Motion, Nick Brewer's energetic I'm A Pro, Lion Babe's Wonder Woman, an atmospheric collaboration between the Flatbush Zombies and Joey Bada$$, and Kehlani's bold How That Taste. Kick your weekend off and indulge with us.

Let us know what you think of our brand new playlist. Listen below:


PALOMA FAITH - 2007

Paloma Faith graced our front cover in June 2007 - we had a great shoot and a great interview with her. She told us how she didn't feel whole unless she had her lipstick on. If you want to see where Paloma went onto after our interview with her simply click here.


Paloma Faith for Who's Jack- 2007 Shoot - James Parsons Songstress Paloma Faith is unique, multi-talents, (she's currently filming the new St Trinian's movie) and mischievously charming. Tiny and dressed in black vintage, nipped in at the waist, she is softly spoken when she first arrives for our photo shoot. We later discover that this unusual quiet is down to a lack of lip colour in the first few shots, Paloma commented "I don't know why but when I put red lipstick on I come alive!.Paloma Faith for Who's Jack- 2007 Shoot - James Parsons Usually at home in forties and fifties styles, Paloma's quirkiness means she loves dressing up. Our fashion pages this month indulge her flamboyant nature with a seventies summer vibe - bright florals, platforms and huge sunglasses which could have been too pretty for Who's Jack if it weren't for an injection of Paloma's cheekiness!

 

Paloma Faith's music aims to capture the mystery of her heroines (old time greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday and Dinah Washington) in a complete theatrical experience. With a surprisingly powerful and soulful voice for one so petite, her songs are timeless and sophisticated whilst still showing huge commercial potential.

If you're open enough to be transported into a world of escapism, catch Paloma at one of her many gigs this month.

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Saturday afternoon saw the Mercedes-Benz Kiev Fashion Days show take to the catwalk at Freemasons Hall, showcasing designers Anna K, Krasilnikova, Lara Quint, Lera Leshchova, Paskal and Yasya Minochkina.First to the catwalk was Anna K who seemed to be channeling the 90s with plenty of indigo denim, whether it was a wide-legged denim jumpsuit or strips of denim hanging off slogan tees. These tees had captions like "Do you want to talk to my agent?" and were either teamed with denim hot pants or dressing-gown style jackets, giving it a slightly grunge feel.

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Next up was Lara Quint whose collection was a sleek, chic, feminine affair. Muted monochrome and camel were the colours of choice with flashes of blood red ending the collection. The tailoring was ladylike, with elegant boucle coats, voluminous sleeves, sheer tops and structured corseted gowns and tops all making an appearance.
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Following this was Paskal who showcased a series of striking cage-style designs. Bold black, white and fuschia outfits were overlayed with intricate, lazer-cut cage style draping, making it a vibrant, precise and modern collection.
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 Next up was Lara Leshchova whose collection featured chic, body-hugging grey dresses with small side cut-outs.  The sexy wool grey shift dresses were teamed with boxy mini-bags and also had some origami-style grey knitted arms, giving them even more interest.

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Following this was Krasilnikova whose use of laser-cut leather, faux fur and sheer knits made for a very feminine, sexy collection. Amongst the simple tones of charcoal, grey and beige were rich burgundy colours, either in bristling jumpers or leather laser-cut dresses and skirts. All outfits were teamed with fantastic, futuristic-style cage shoes, adding a fabulously touch edge.

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Finally, the show closed with the sports-inspired collection of Yasya Minochkina filled with vibrant greens, patent croc-effect skirts and varying textures. There were slight 90s elements to the collection also, with an A-line monochrome mesh coat and a black turtle neck dress making an appearance.
Xiao Li's AW14 showcase at Vauxhall Fashion Scout was a unique mix of futuristic designs mixed with elements of romance, sportswear and at one point, LED lights.
The Royal College of Art graduate, who also studied at the London College of Fashion, has previously been awarded the Diesel Award from the International Talent Support, and her level of skill was clear to see from this collection. There were lots of complex shapes, such as a studded rubber skirt with a mesh fishtail bottom and a white airtex jacket with diamond shaped studs and ballooning sleeves; the finale even saw an oversized sports-luxe style jacket complete with blue glowing LED lights.

The show had a very futuristic feel to it, with tough diamond shaped studs, wide shoulders and rubber textures on most pieces, though this was feminized with a delicate white and lilac colour scheme as well as delicate intricacy. Flashes of shocking patent cobalt blue and plenty of mesh styles also ensured that the collection was given a tougher, tomboy edge.

The overall vibe of the show was very cool, as models were styled with pastel pink hair and pink eyes and walked out to a mellow female version of Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky'. Despite a delayed start, it was a collection definitely worth seeing.

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The Tahirsultan SS14 show was an explosive extravaganza of colourful Daghestan inspired prints paired with luxe, sophisticated styles and more fabulous gold bobbles than you could shake a rattle at.
The best words to sum up the collection would be 'quirky ladylike'. Elegant feminine pencil skirts, fitted pencil dresses and smart cropped blazers were given a fun, unique edge with embroidered, vibrant and tribal-esque Daghestan prints. These prints had recurring splashes of magenta, yellow, white and cobalt blue that really bought the catwalk to life and were also often lined with large, glistening, gold studs. These gold bobbles appeared on everything from oversized waistcoats to tailored black jackets and even the collars of dresses, creating a 3D and almost futuristic vibe. These prints then took on a more muted grey colour with hints of neon yellow and the styles then became looser, with one particular thigh-slit maxi dress proving quite popular with the audience.
In comparison to the vibrant prints and oversized gold adornments were pieces that exuded elegance and sophistication. Luxe gold metallics appeared on tailored coats, off-the-shoulder jackets and roll neck tops, which shimmered against cream, white and beige cottons. The designer updated the classic white shirt and gave it a modern twist, sending shirts down the runway with gold scallop-edged buttons lining the sleeves, oversized collars or as halterneck styles.
Hair and make-up enhanced the ladylike-yet-edgy outfits; sleek quiff hairstyles were simultaneously polished and rock 'n roll, whilst bright tangerine lips popped out against smokey, sleek eyes.
It is safe to say that the Tahirsultan SS14 collection was a diverse, vibrant and wearible collection that really brightened up an otherwise grey London afternoon.

Words: Stephanie Marston | Fashion Week Press | @steph_marston
Photography: Francesca Cussons | Fashion Week Photographer