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H&M and Lanvin tease dramatic new collaboration with trippy film

When H&M announces their latest guest designer collaboration, people loose their minds, and for good reason. The always-trendy mall staple’s import of high-end designer goods at the store’s wallet-friendly prices is enough to make a fashionista totally cuckoo. So it’s no wonder that when French powerhouse Lanvin announced that their flawless Alber Elbaz would be next in line to guest-design for the store, desperate women in need of taffeta dresses everywhere set up special Google Alerts for the first sneak peek at the collection.

Luckily, the wait is over, as H&M and Lanvin have debuted a short, “Alice in Wonderland”-esque film previewing the collection. So what exactly are we in-store for (pun intended…)?  Sequined tees, taffeta-petticoats, strong shoulders, slouchy trenches, and lots of ruffles. Ooh la la, how the French know drama! Check out these showstoppers and more at your local H&M starting November 20th – just watch out for flying stilettos; it might get dangerous out there!

-Lauren

New Music Alert: Warpaint

Photo courtesy of Sonic Itch Music

When indie film icon Shannyn Sossamon decided to start a band with her sister, Jenny Lee Lindberg, along with childhood friends, Theresa Wayman, Emily Kokal on Valentine’s Day in 2004, there was no doubt that the group would find some success. Surely, some adoring The Rules of Attraction fan girls would obsess over leaked mp3s and show up to every small gig with Sossamon-inspired choppy-DIY bangs. But that didn’t mean that they actually had to be good. Yet somehow, Warpaint, the band’s given moniker, has managed to make psychedelic shoe-gaze for the past six years, all leading up to the release of their debut album The Fool, on October 25th.

While Sossamon left the band after the release of their 2008 EP, Exquisite Corpse, Warpaint found no difficulties in making some fans of their own. Following the release of the EP, the band embarked on an extensive bit of touring, opening for the likes of Yeasayer, The XX and Vampire Weekend, as well as playing a set at Lollapalooza. However, with the release of The Fool, the ladies of Warpaint prove that they are ready for a headlining tour of their own.

Each song on the nine-track album showcases a different dynamic between the strong female vocals and ethereal instrumentals. Influences seem to vary from Jeff Buckley to Cat Power, with even a little Bjork thrown in for good measure on “Shadows.” Highlights of the album include “Baby,” a surprising ballad that adds a bit of folk to the record, and  “Undertow,” which throws an unexpected guitar rhythm into the end to give the song a controlled depth.

-Lauren

Cozy Up in a Circle Scarf

Photo courtesy of American Apparel

As the chilly fall weather gets colder and colder, getting out of bed and out the door seems to get harder and harder. Sure, those trivial activities like running errands and going to work beckon, but it’s so warm under the covers and there’s a marathon of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on Bravo…

While the ideal situation would be booking a flight to Miami with the return flight sometime in March, our schedules (and wallets!) don’t exactly have the same flexibility as someone like Kim Kardashian.  So instead, we offer you this simple, knit solution: a circle scarf. While American Apparel has marketed this thick, infinite take on the traditional scarf for years, the trend is really taking flight this season, in gloriously chunky knits sure to keep you cozy on even the bitterest of days.

Check out American Apparel’s knit version that comes in a cool snake-skin print here: http://store.americanapparel.net/rsaas500.html?cid=51, or simply stop by your favorite boutique or mall-store (Forever 21 and H&M have great, cheap options!) to stock up on this fall essential. Now wrap on your new scarf around that frozen neck of yours, turn on Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami, and grab a tropical beverage. Just like Florida, right?

-Lauren

Telephoned’s Sammy Bananas featured on new compilation!

 

By now, you’ve surely read our interview with Brooklyn’s crazy innovative mash-up band, Telephoned (and if you haven’t, what the heck are you waiting for?!). Well, big news for the dynamic duo of Sammy Bananas and Maggie Horn, as Sammy Bananas’ first official original song is featured on a new compilation album for Fool’s Gold Records, Fool’s Gold Vol. 1. I If you’ve actually made it to the end of this blog post without seeking out the album for yourself, its now available for download on iTunes or Amazon.

Yeasayer, Washed Out, Oh My!

When I first moved to Savannah, Georgia, I figured the music scene was going to be incredible with the hoards of young music listeners at every corner and coffee shop. But, alas, I was wrong, until a couple of days ago when Washed Out and Yeasayer pretty much negated the belief that Savannah couldn’t cultivate a music scene. Washed Out was up first and Ernest Greene delivered. Hailing from both South Carolina and Georgia, these southern fellas were extremely grateful and their synth-pop, sort of fuzzy-vinyl sounds were a great way to warm the crowd up. It happened to be Greene’s birthday and the front two rows of the crowd belted out an enthusiastic “Happy Birthday,” while he took a video on his iPhone.

Although Washed Out exceeded my expectations and confirmed me (and the crowd) as a fan, Yeasayer is what we were anxiously waiting for. The lights went off and three pillars on stage were lit red, an obvious choice for their first song “Madder Red.”  Anand Wilder woo-ed us all with his pajama pants while Chris Keating kept the crowd moving. “Tightrope” and “Grizelda” were especially beautiful. Every song was woven together perfectly like a well-written novel until both the climax and dénouement: “O.N.E.” and “Ambling Alp”. Pics Below — see more on our facebook page here!

— Frances


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Yeasayer Set List:

Madder red

Rome

Wait For the Summer

Tightrope

Red cave

Grizelda

Sunrise

Mondegreen

Strange Reunions

O.N.E

Ambling Alp.

Encore:

The Children

2080

Free Music from White Denim!

 

Photo courtesy of White Denim

 

If you impulsively just spent your last paycheck on a pair of leopard print booties after stalking pictures from Paris Fashion Week online, don’t fret – you can still get some fresh new music and it’s won’t cost you a dime. Texas garage-rockers White Denim are generously releasing The Last Day of Summer, a collection of songs recorded over the past summer, free of charge on WhiteDenimMusic.com as the band finishes up their third official full-length record. Like what you hear? Check them out as they hit the road with Portugal. The Man later this month – we’re sure that your leopard booties will be a hit at the show.

Oct 16 2010 – antone’s blues bar – austin, tx.
Oct 18 2010 – the loft – dallas, tx.
Oct 19 2010 – opolis – norman, ok.
Oct 20 2010 – the bottleneck – lawrence, ks.*
Oct 21 2010 – the waiting room – omaha, ne.*
Oct 22 2010 – fox theatre and cafe – boulder, co.*
Oct 23 2010 – fox theatre and cafe – boulder, co.*
Oct 26 2010 – launchpad – albuquerque, nm
Oct 27 2010 – club congress – tuscon, az.
Oct 28 2010 – clubhouse music venue – tempe, az.*
Oct 29 2010 – house of blues – san diego, ca.*
Oct 30 2010 – el rey theatre – los angeles, ca.*
Oct 31 2010 – mercury lounge – goleta, ca.
Nov 1 2010 – the – independent – san francisco, ca.
Nov 2 2010 – spaceland – los angeles, ca.
*with Portugal the Man

BEAUTY ALERT: The perfect fall nail polish

Courtesy of dailycookie.net

When the days get shorter and Starbucks starts brewing pumpkin spice lattes, that can only mean one thing: fall is here. Even the most dedicated beach babes must give in and hang up their bikinis as cardigan weather fully hits. And just as your wardrobe needs a makeover now, so do your nails! Say your tearful goodbyes to the lavenders and seafoam greens of summer, and whats up to the muted, sophisticated tones of the fall.

Not sure where to turn? Lucky for you, Chanel (who else?) has created the perfect fall color for 2010, with their Paradoxal varnish. When you hold that coveted square glass bottle in your hands, feel free to be a little skeptical. On first glance, the gray polish with purple iridescence seems a little more cheap than chic. Yet, when it’s actually on, Paradoxal seems to solve that magical …paradox of the perfect blend between purple and gray. The subdued, but fun polish will match perfectly with the neutral tones of your fall wardrobe, while still giving off a sense of whimsy.  Best of all, just one coat gives a perfectly saturated layer, so one jar will last throughout a whole season of pumpkin carving, pecan pies, and falling leaves.

-Lauren